Claire Dwyer

Claire works for the Avila Foundation as editor of spiritualdirection.com. She writes at eventhesparrow.com and speaks frequently on the topics of saints, spirituality, respect for life, and the mission and vocation of women. She has a passion for helping women see the beauty and possibility in their own interior lives and their unrepeatable place in the Church. Claire has a degree in Theology from Franciscan University and a graduate certification in Spiritual Theology from the Avila Institute. She is the author of “This Present Paradise: A Spiritual Journey with St. Elizabeth of the Trinity.” Most importantly, she has been married for 23 years to her husband Delaney and they have six children: Joseph, John Paul, Mary Grace, Daniel, Gemma, and Justin, all of whom keep them on their toes – and on their knees.

Articles By Claire Dwyer

St. Gianna’s Retreat Resolutions

 “We get a glimpse into (Gianna’s) emerging spirituality in her notes from an Ignatian retreat that she attended when she was in high school in 1938.” – Claire Dwyer

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The Master Has Need of You

The reading which opens the liturgy for Palm Sunday reminds us that the Lord makes himself dependant on lowly things–and that includes us, Claire Dwyer reflects as we begin Holy Week.

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And Nothing Would Again be Casual and Small

“We have a perfect Author writing our story.  That means that every detail is carefully chosen to advance his plot.  He does not fill pages just to fill pages, and He wastes nothing.” – Claire Dwyer

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Is This Your Next ‘Yes’?

Could the Lord be calling you to deepen your interior life and enrich your understanding of Catholic spiritual theology at the Avila Institute? Claire Dwyer gives a nudge in that direction!

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Things I’ve Learned in Spiritual Direction, Part 3: The Lies We Listen To

“We hear variations of the lie that we are ‘not enough.’ And yet we have the precise gifts for our particular family, for our exact calling, for this specific cross, in this time, at this place, for this season.  God promises only daily bread, and it is made to order.  We do not have the grace for anyone else’s life—or even for tomorrow—but we have all we need to become more fully ourselves, which is more like Christ, today.” – Claire Dwyer

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