Wisdom from Teresa of Avila: The Blessings of Suffering

05/26/2015 Comment

"I realize better every day what grace our Lord has shown me in enabling me to understand the blessings of suffering so that I can peacefully endure the want of happiness in earthly things since they pass so quickly."

The purpose of the newest book in the Navigating the Interior Life book series, 30 Days with Teresa of Avila, is to reveal the unique personality, wisdom, and insight that often emerges out of the letters of the saints. These letters are a window into Saint Teresa’s genuine humanity, witness, and pragmatic advice for pursuing an intimate friendship with God.

I’ll be sharing some of the letters here, in the hope that you’ll be inspired to spend time prayerfully reflecting on...READ MORE

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Peace of Body, Peace of Mind from Teresa of Avila

05/21/2015 Comments (1)

"Peace of body will restore peace of soul." - St. Teresa of Avila

The purpose of the newest book in the Navigating the Interior Life book series, 30 Days with Teresa of Avila, is to reveal the unique personality, wisdom, and insight that often emerges out of the letters of the saints. These letters are a window into Saint Teresa’s genuine humanity, witness, and pragmatic advice for pursuing an intimate friendship with God.

I’ll be sharing some of the letters here, in the hope that you’ll be inspired to spend time prayerfully reflecting on them. Today I'm sharing Day 10 from the book.

LXIII
Segovia, June, 1574
To the Most Illustrious
Señor Don Teutonio de Braganza, Salamanca...READ MORE

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The Secret to Successful Meditation from Teresa of Avila

05/19/2015 Comment

"Do not tire your brain by trying to work it during meditation." - St. Teresa of Avila

The purpose of the newest book in the Navigating the Interior Life book series, 30 Days with Teresa of Avila, is to reveal the unique personality, wisdom, and insight that often emerges out of the letters of the saints. These letters are a window into Saint Teresa’s genuine humanity, witness, and pragmatic advice for pursuing an intimate friendship with God.

I’ll be sharing some of the letters here, in the hope that you’ll be inspired to spend time prayerfully reflecting on them. Today's excerpt is from Day 8 in the book.

LX
Segovia, beginning of June 1574
To Antonio Gaytan, Salamanca
Advice about...READ MORE

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Real Relief Comes from Loving God, Says Teresa of Avila

05/14/2015 Comments (5)

"God grant you may always find relief in loving Him."

The purpose of the newest book in the Navigating the Interior Life book series, 30 Days with Teresa of Avila, is to reveal the unique personality, wisdom, and insight that often emerges out of the letters of the saints. These letters are a window into Saint Teresa’s genuine humanity, witness, and pragmatic advice for pursuing an intimate friendship with God.

I’ll be sharing some of the letters here, in the hope that you’ll be inspired to spend time prayerfully reflecting on them.

Today's excerpt comes from Day 7.

LIV
Salamanca, December 3, 1573
To the Father Master Domingo Bañez, Valladolid
The Saint’s loneliness. Advice for Mother...READ MORE

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Life-Changing Summer Reading Program

05/13/2015 Comments (1)

The official start of summer is just a month away — are you ready?

I teach a course called “Foundations of Prayer and Union with God” for the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation. In this course I have had the great blessing of watching hundreds of God's good people grow more deeply in their prayer and union with God. During the course a number of the students asked if I could provide a list of spiritual reading that might help them continue in their progress. The graphic and list you see below is what I prepared for them.

I have given an order of priority to the list in terms of what might be most meaningful at each stage of the three-fold path of spiritual growth (purgative,...READ MORE

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Teresa of Avila on Having a Holy Community

05/12/2015 Comments (1)

"Make your community holy and God will help."

The purpose of the newest book in the Navigating the Interior Life book series, 30 Days with Teresa of Avila, is to reveal the unique personality, wisdom, and insight that often emerges out of the letters of the saints. These letters are a window into Saint Teresa’s genuine humanity, witness, and pragmatic advice for pursuing an intimate friendship with God.

I’ll be sharing some of the letters here, in the hope that you’ll be inspired to spend time prayerfully reflecting on them.

Today's excerpt is from Day 6 in the book.

XLVIII
Convent of the Incarnation, Avila1
To Father Ordoñez, S.J., Medina Del Campo Concerning the foundation at Medina...READ MORE

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Teresa of Avila Reminds Us: "Our Trials Last But a Moment"

05/07/2015 Comment

"Life is short, our trials last for but a moment..."

Have you ever wondered what the saints were really like? The purpose of the newest book in the Navigating the Interior Life book series, 30 Days with Teresa of Avila, is to reveal the unique personality, wisdom, and insight that often emerges out of the letters of the saints. These letters are a window into Saint Teresa’s genuine humanity, witness, and pragmatic advice for pursuing an intimate friendship with God.

I’ll be sharing some of the letters here, in the hope that you’ll be inspired to spend time prayerfully reflecting on them. Today's selection is from Day 3 in the book.

XIX

Toledo, March 1569
To Doña Maria de  Mendoza
Letter...READ MORE

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How to Approach Spiritual Warfare, According to Teresa of Avila

05/05/2015 Comments (5)

Have you ever wondered what the saints were really like? The purpose of the newest book in the Navigating the Interior Life book series, 30 Days with Teresa of Avila, is to reveal the unique personality, wisdom, and insight that often emerges out of the letters of the saints. These letters are a window into Saint Teresa’s genuine humanity, witness, and pragmatic advice for pursuing an intimate friendship with God.

I’ll be sharing some of the letters here, in the hope that you’ll be inspired to spend time prayerfully reflecting on them. Today's letter is from Day 2 of the book.

XVII

Valladolid, February 19, 1569
To Alonzo Ramirez
Cause of the delay in the journey to Toledo.
Encouragement...READ MORE

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Dan Burke is an award winning author, speaker, regular voice on Register Radio, the Executive Director of the National Catholic Register and founder of the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation. Dan has appeared on EWTN's Journey Home program, blogs on the spiritual life over at Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction and his latest book, Navigating the Interior Life - Spiritual Direction and the Journey to God is available through EWTN's Religious Catalogue. Dan's journey began in Judaism, matured into a living relationship with Christ as a Protestant, and after fifteen years of exploration has found his home in the Catholic Church.