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Catholic Spiritual Direction

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

Are you struggling with your prayer life?

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Prayer Life:  Are you Struggling with it? “…Prayer is a surge of the heart; it is a simple look turned toward heaven, it is a cry of recognition and of love….” (St. Thérèse of Lisieux)  It is with great enthusiasm that we announce a new endeavor to help God’s faithful to find the path that the Lord has prepared to a life changing relationship with Him, the School of Spiritual Formation. Dan Burke, Founder... 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

What does God really Want from Us? (Part II of II)

October 14, 2013 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Sin, Spiritual Development

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…A reader asks:  Dear Father John, why does God chastise us for pride and vanity but demands our absolute adoration? I know that men wrote the Bible. These are vices of the ego. I have studied Carl Jung. Is it possible that our interpretation of God was based on our projection of “power” and our human ego structure? What we thought godlike demands would be? I thought God was ego-less…Why does he want us on our knees? In... Read More

What does God really Want from Us? (Part I of II)

October 7, 2013 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Sin, Spiritual Development

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Dear Father John, why does God chastise us for pride and vanity but demands our absolute adoration? I know that men wrote the Bible. These are vices of the ego. I have studied Carl Jung. Is it possible that our interpretation of God was based on our projection of “power” and our human ego structure? What we thought godlike demands would be? I thought God was ego-less…Why does he want us on our knees? Thank you so much for... 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 →

How can I get a copy of Navigating the Interior Life?

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Dear Dan, is your book available to buy now? If not, when are you aiming to release it? Because so many have asked about the availability of Navigating the Interior Life, we have created the web site www.NavigatingTheInteriorLife.com to provide more information and to give you the opportunity to receive a free advance, signed copy simply by making a donation to Catholic Spiritual Direction. Dan has decided to take this approach... Read More

I am stuck in my spiritual growth… how do I get unstuck? This is frustrating! Part I of II

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Dear Sister Carmen, I feel like I am stuck somewhere in mansion one or two. Is this normal? Where do most people get stuck in the journey through the mansions and is there any common way you can suggest that we get unstuck? Maybe I am just impatient. I feel like I should be growing but I am not. Teresa posits conformity to God’s will as the first principle of spiritual growth In her Way of Perfection: Chapter 16. She reminds... Read More

What can I do to increase the strength of my will to resist temptation and grow in holiness? – Part II of II

August 2, 2011 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Mortification, Spiritual Development

I would like to ask you for a piece of advice. Since my will is not so strong as it should be; what are the exercises to practice that important element of spiritual formation? In our first post we talked about some of the foundational ideas required to begin an effective effort toward strengthening our will. In this post we will talk about a few secrets and tips to making solid progress. The Secret of a Schedule The best tactic... Read More

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