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 “…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 and President... Read More

Spring Quarter at the Avila Institute

January 30, 2014 by  
Filed under Avila Institute, Marta Goodwin


Join Catholics from around the world in deepening their understanding of the magisterium faithful mystical and ascetical patrimony of the Catholic Church. The Avila Institute provides spiritual education and formation to all those who seek to grow in the knowledge of the teachings of the Church and disseminate that knowledge to others. Just in case we have missed you with prior notices, applications... 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... Read More

Exciting News About the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation

August 10, 2013 by  
Filed under Announcement, Avila Institute

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Dear CSD Family, We have some exciting news to share about the Avila Institute. Due to an overwhelming response to the opening of the Institute, we have added a repeat of the first course, Introduction to Spiritual Theology 1000, to the course catalogue. The course will run from October 22 – December 17, 2013 on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 – 8:30 pm MST. If you were unsure whether or not to apply... Read More

The Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation

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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 (31)  Read More →

Dan on EWTN Live with Fr. Mitch Pacwa

June 7, 2013 by  
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Navigating Audible

April 28, 2013 by  
Filed under Announcement, Featured, Marta Goodwin, Navigating

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Dear CSD Family, We are grateful to announce that Navigating the Interior Life is now available in a downloadable audio format! Greg Willits did a fantastic job helping Emmaus Road make Navigating accessible to those who like to listen on the road or while working out etc. You can find out more HERE. About Marta GoodwinMail | More Posts (31)  Read More →

A Lenten Reflection – Less of Martha to More of Mary

February 4, 2013 by  
Filed under Lent, Marta Goodwin, Seasonal Meditations


Last night we received a slight dusting of snow and then it iced covering the trees encapsulating them in to delicate figurines gleaming in the morning sunlight. While it looks beautiful, I sit on my couch in the warmth of my home knowing how frigid the air outside is. I should be used to it by now having been born and raised in New England and now raising my own family here, but I am starting to get... Read More

Navigating the World Wide Catholic Spiritual Direction Book Club

January 29, 2013 by  
Filed under Announcement, Book Club, Marta Goodwin

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Dear Friends – While we are about at the halfway point of reading and discussing the Imitation of Christ via the able guidance of our own Vicki Burbach, I wanted to give you a heads-up so you have time to order our next book club assignment as there is not a PDF version of the book. Once we finish Imitation of Christ we will be reading Dan Burke’s book Navigating the Interior Life – Spiritual... Read More

Video – Help me understand confession

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Fr. John and Dan talk about how to better understand confession. About Marta GoodwinMail | More Posts (31)  Read More →