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

Take Up and Read

“Take up and read” the Bible-it’s a daily habit that can’t help but lead to holiness, as St. Elizabeth of the Trinity knew well. Claire Dwyer shares the power of reading scripture in today’s post.

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Teach Us To Pray

Part 33 of This Present Paradise A Series of Reflections on St. Elizabeth of the Trinity (Start with part 1 here.)   When I was a little girl, my parents had a secret language they would use to converse about things in their private grown-up world.  Well, actually, it was Spanish—Dad had been a Spanish

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Motherhood According to the Spirit

A woman’s heart, a woman’s soul is created to be like Mary’s — a refuge, a hiding place, a ‘shelter in which other souls may unfold’ in the words of St. Edith Stein.  Elizabeth was that safe place to fall and to find hope for everyone who knew her. Claire Dwyer continues the series today with a look at spiritual motherhood.

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Called to Carmel for the Persecution

At the turn of the Century, it looked like the earthly forces were winning a decisive victory in France, and that Catholicism was being humiliated and beaten back. But God had another plan. Claire Dwyer continues her series on Elizabeth of the Trinity.

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My Every Act is Love

St. Elizabeth of the Trinity could have led a life of worldly accomplishment. But she embraced obscurity and humility. Claire Dwyer continues her series today.

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St. Anthony, Meet Elizabeth

Once in a while, when our own humanity hits us over the head, we find comfort in knowing that saints were people, too. Claire Dwyer reveals something she shares with St. Elizabeth of the Trinity.

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The Power of Intercessory Prayer

“It is our vocation to intercede to God for everyone.” These words of St. Edith Stein sum up the Carmelite vocation, a call which St. Elizabeth of the Trinity took to heart, and one we all join in as part of the Christian life. Claire Dwyer continues her series.

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To Be a Bride

The consecrated woman stands as a sign of contradiction:  what it seems she has given up, she has actually gained in a way far more real than the rest of us can know this side of eternity.  Claire Dwyer continues her series on St. Elizabeth of the Trinity.

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A Living Smile

A smile is a small–although not always easy–sacrament of joy. Claire Dwyer shares about this surprising “apostolate” as her series on Elizabeth of the Trinity continues.

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