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Spiritual Jealousy

Let those who are around you that are greater in virtue be honored, while you rest in the deepest humility, trust, and intimacy on His Sacred Heart.

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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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The Catholic Mass

The Mass Is Adoration The Latin term adoratio originally meant a gesture of reverence made toward a worthy person or object, before whom one would

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Spiritual Direction: My Greatest Joy

“Despite the enormous love and gratitude I have for my vocation to the priesthood, my ministry of spiritual direction remains, unexpectedly, the greatest joy of my life.” – Fr. Jeremiah Shryock

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The Baptism of the Lord

“The apostle Paul invites us to participate in the baptismal rebirth and renewal that is freely and gratuitously offered in Jesus, along with the rich outpouring of the Spirit (Titus 3:4-7). Let us come into the waters of baptism with Jesus.” – Fr. Derek Sakowski

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Post-Retreat Depression

“No matter how blessed a time the retreat was, most of us are not called to live on the mountain alone with God.  We have families, jobs, and communities that, whether we like it or not, are waiting for us.  The key, I emphasize, is to integrate our experience on retreat into our daily lives.” – Fr. Jeremiah Shryock

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Vanishing in Plain Sight

“And now, today, in the middle of a prosperous nation, NFL commentators, nurses, doctors, pilots, police, are quietly vanishing.  Law-abiding citizens.  Loyal employees.  The ones who came on time, and stayed late, and worked heroic hours during the crisis, and loved their profession.  Gone.” – Dr. Elizabeth Mitchell

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Epiphany–the Coming of Christ our Light

“In celebrating Epiphany—in celebrating God’s manifestation to the nations, we are not celebrating a light that has come and gone, like a flash in the night.  We are not looking back with nostalgia to a better day that can never return.” – Fr. John Keehner

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The Paradoxes of Christmas

“There are many paradoxes and seeming impossibilities in the Incarnation. They cannot be fully solved, so they claim our reverence.” – Monsignor Charles Pope

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