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Catholic Spiritual Direction

Preparing Our Hearts for the Coming King – Advent Preparation

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I don’t know about you, but I have allowed far too many an Advent season to pass me by with far too little devotion. For decades St. Joseph knocked at my door, offering the opportunity to allow the Messiah to be born anew in my heart. I am sad to say that prior to this past decade of my life as a Catholic, there was far too little room at the Inn of my heart. I am also grateful to say that since becoming Catholic, the room for... Read More

A Mystical Encounter with God

November 14, 2014 by  
Filed under Books, Dan Burke, Featured, Mysticism, Private Revelation, Resources

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Mystical encounters abound, but they are not always from God. The Church takes these experiences seriously and thus provides guidelines for our discernment. Sometimes the Church rules in a definitive way regarding their validity, but often there is no ruling or no need for one. In my own life, I have encountered a number of mystics, some of whom I perceived to be authentic and others of whom I perceived to be false mystics. False... Read More

Spiritual Warfare – Book Picks

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Because we are quickly rolling up on Halloween and the time of year when our culture is focused on the world of the spirits, I thought it would be fitting to turn our hearts to something holy and good – spiritual warfare. Before I reveal the book recommendations I wanted to also let you know that the Avila Institute School of Spiritual Formation will offer an upcoming course on this topic called “Angels and Demons.”... Read More

Revolutionize your Prayer Life

October 7, 2014 by  
Filed under Announcement, Avila Institute, Featured, Resources

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Dear Friends,  Our founder, Dan Burke, has developed a course on prayer and authentic mystical tradition that continues to change lives and draw the hearts of his students more deeply into union with God. Students regularly report that this course has dramatically elevated their understanding and practice of prayer. The Course is called Foundations of Prayer and Union with God. Here is a brief video testimonial from one of his... Read More

When I am Weak, Then I am Strong: Retreat Guide on the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick

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WHEN I AM WEAK, THEN I AM STRONG–A RETREAT GUIDE ON THE SACRAMENT OF THE ANOINTING OF THE SICK The newest Retreat Guide from RC Spirituality, “When I Am Weak, Then I Am Strong: A Retreat Guide on the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick” is now available at www.RCSpirituality.org. Sickness and death were not part of God’s original plan for the human family; they were consequences of original sin. And when the moment... Read More

God Loves You!

September 16, 2014 by  
Filed under Fr. Najim, Prayer, Videos

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God loves you! With our thanks to Father Michael Najim for allowing us to post this video originally found on his blog Live Holiness About Fr. Michael NajimFr. Michael Najim is a priest of the Diocese of Providence. He is the Director of Spiritual Formation at Our Lady of Providence Seminary and serves as chaplain of LaSalle Academy, a coed Catholic high school in Providence, RI. He is the author of Radical Surrender: Letters... Read More

A Mother’s Tears: A Retreat Guide on Our Lady of Sorrows

September 13, 2014 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Mary, Retreat Guides

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A Mother’s Tears — New Retreat Guide on Our Lady of Sorrows The newest Retreat Guide from RC Spirituality, A Mother’s Tears: A Retreat Guide on Our Lady of Sorrows is now available at www.RCSpirituality.org. If you could protect your mother from terrible suffering, would you? I think I would; I think most of us would. Mothers suffer enough in this fallen world. If we could bring them some relief, we would do so... Read More

Affection for Jesus — Video

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Affection for Jesus We thank Father Michael Najim, once again, for sharing this video originally posted last fall on his blog Live Holiness About Fr. Michael NajimFr. Michael Najim is a priest of the Diocese of Providence. He is the Director of Spiritual Formation at Our Lady of Providence Seminary and serves as chaplain of LaSalle Academy, a coed Catholic high school in Providence, RI. He is the author of Radical Surrender:... Read More

How Can I have a Better Relationship with God?

August 25, 2014 by  
Filed under Books, Featured, Fr. Bartunek, Spiritual Direction, Videos

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Editor’s Note:  This is an excerpt from Father John Bartunek’s new book “Seeking First the Kingdom” filled with “practical examples and down-to-earth wisdom which will show you how to bring Christ into each facet of your life”.  Yes, another new book!  He’s been very busy!  With Special Endorsements from: Dan Burke, President and Founder of the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation: ... Read More

Spiritual Life, Spiritual Direction, and God in You – Part 5 of 5

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The long awaited 5th part of “Women of Grace” series Spiritual Life, Spiritual Direction and God in You with Dan Burke and Johnnette Benkovic is now available. In the final part of the series, Dan delves into how a person’s spiritual progress relates to whether you run from your suffering or embrace it, what Spiritual Direction is and the relationship between a Spiritual Director and Directee. Dan Burke, founder... Read More

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