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Catholic Spiritual Direction

What Makes Christian Spirituality Special? [Avila Course]

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What makes Christian spirituality distinctive from other major forms of spirituality, such as Buddhism, Hinduism, and general philosophy? That’s just what we’ll cover in “Christian and Non Christian Spiritualities,” a course we’re offering in the Graduate program this spring at the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation. We’ll start with just what the nature of spirituality is. We’ll then look at what questions... Read More

Going Beyond Just Talk of Evangelization [Avila Course]

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You don’t have to look very far to hear about evangelization in Catholic circles. But what does it mean to us, now, here? And how does it impact our spiritual life? Evangelization has always been a cornerstone of the mission of Christ and the Church He established.  The need to renew this foundational aspect of the Church’s mission has been in the forefront since the Second Vatican Council. In our Spring 2015 course in... Read More

How Is the Bible Involved in the Church’s Public Worship? [Avila Course]

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Have you ever wondered just how exactly the Bible is involved in the Catholic Church’s public worship? In “The Bible and the Revelation of Prayer,” a course in the Graduate program of the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation, you’ll find out. This course starts with an overview of the revelation of prayer from Genesis to Revelation as presented in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. The Liturgy is the source and... Read More

Learn about “the” Strong Catholic Woman: St. Teresa of Avila [Avila Course]

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When the Catechism of the Catholic Church asks, “What is contemplation?”, it directs the question to St. Teresa of Avila. Why is that? You’ll find out, in the “Introduction to St. Teresa of Avila” course is being offered “live online” from the School of Spiritual Formation this spring from the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation. It’s because there are few other saints who have had a greater influence on the... Read More

Mystical Phenomena and So Much More! [Avila Course]

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Are you involved in work for an apostolate or interested in spiritual direction? The “Introduction to Spiritual Theology” course offered “live online” this spring from the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation is a systematic presentation of topics specifically designed for your interest and concerns. It includes lecture topics of: The universal call to holiness; The indwelling of the Trinity; The nature and stages... Read More

A Conversation Between Demons


Most people are not aware that conversations between demons actually happen. One record of such a conversation between demons is available to us through the brilliant mind of C.S. Lewis and the Screwtape Letters. Lewis reveals that Screwtape is a senior demon who is teaching a younger demon to tempt a Christian to sin, despair,and faithlessness. Lewis’ insight into the reality of demonic temptation is extraordinary and powerful.... Read More

What does the Avila Institute have to offer me?

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Dan Burke and Dr. Anthony Lilles founded the Avila Institute in order to serve all who seek to develop a deeper relationship with our Lord. With live, interactive, online courses, the Avila Institute can bring the classroom to you no matter where you are located in the world. Classes are recorded so if, for instance, you are from Malta, Ireland or Australia, you can still participate. Our professors either have doctorates or masters... Read More

Are You Called to Be a Spiritual Director?

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People around the world are starving to know the God who loves them and who made them for an eternal relationship with Him. But who will lead them? Who has the time, the training, and the desire to help souls who thirst and hunger for God? I recently had the blessing of spending time with Msgr. David Toups, the Rector of St. Vincent De Paul Regional Seminary in Boynton Beach, Florida. I asked him if he was training priests to provide... Read More

School of Spiritual Formation

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Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction was formed in 2009 to disseminate faithful Catholic spirituality and to encourage and help anyone who has questions about our faith by answering those questions. We continue to add new bloggers, formed a book club, hold webinars, and formed the Avila Institute to fulfill this mission. And, we continue to develop new ways to help illumine the path to Heaven that God has prepared for you. It is... Read More

The Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation Webinar

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Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation If you were not able to join us for the webinar introducing the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation, please watch the video below. About Marta GoodwinMail | More Posts (41)  Read More →

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