What We’re Studying Now: The Avila Group’s Prime Picks

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Searching for a superb guide?  We’ve bought some recommendations!  Members of the Avila crew weigh in with their present reads.

“I’m at present fascinated with Man’s Seek for Which means by Viktor Frankl – an attention-grabbing research of how man not solely overcomes the worst struggling identified to mankind but additionally redeems it. Pleasure studying can be The Collected Works of Flannery O’Conner and The Sermons of St. Alphonsus Liguori for each Sunday of the 12 months.”

“I’m studying The Approach of Humility by André Louf, OCSO. I’ve been very moved by his instructing that true humility is the place we are able to solely see our brokenness and weak point and see God alone as Savior.  We should embrace humiliations as a result of ‘it’s there the place a coronary heart of stone will likely be damaged and a coronary heart of flesh will likely be revealed which had been hidden for a time behind so many unconscious defenses.’”

Claire Dwyer (Editor): 

“I’m devouring By Fireplace into Mild: 4 Catholic Martyrs of the Nazi Camps by Joseph M. Malham.  It’s onerous to place down this assortment of the tales of Titus Brandsma, O.Carm., Père Jacques de Jésus, O.C.D., Karl Leisner, and Edith Stein.  4 unimaginable members of the Church Triumphant reminding us that God will all the time have the final phrase!  Additionally, The Chosen Poetry of Jessica Powers will get an honorable point out because it has a everlasting place on my nightstand.  In the event you love the Carmelites and wish some poetry that’s pure prayer, do your self a favor and get a replica.  Only a stanza offers me meals for meditation for days.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

“I’m at present studying The Home Was Stuffed with the Perfume of the Fragrance by Cardinal Fernando Filoni and discovering that it offers me a deeper and broader appreciation and understanding of the New Testomony story of the lady who anointed Christ’s toes with costly oils and drying his toes together with her hair. Though this guide is designed to provide perception into the spirituality of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre, it enlivens many ideas and views – bringing me to mirror on questions equivalent to, ‘How do I look after the Physique of Christ?….inside myself, in my native parish, in my residence and neighborhood and all my day by day encounters?’ This guide jogs my memory of the gorgeous therapeutic worth of demonstrating extraordinary care, love, and reverence day by day not directly, even perhaps unnoticed, to enliven Christ in and round me, and I’m grateful.”

Josh Meeker (Educational Operations Supervisor):

“My present bedside studying is Saint Alphonsus Liguori’s Prayer: the Nice Technique of Salvation and Perfection. Each time I take it up I’m impressed, inspired, and challenged. Saint Alphonsus has the uncommon capacity to make deep theological truths extremely sensible. The result’s that I’m not solely studying the why of prayer however the how additionally. I can’t think about anybody of goodwill studying this guide with out having important enchancment of their observe of prayer.”

Kristin Priola (Mission Engagement Specialist): 

“As I put together for our little lady to come back this January, I’ve been absorbing all issues about Mary and motherhood. I’m at present taking in Made For This: The Catholic Mother’s Information to Beginning by Mary Haseltine. Up to now, she has actually captured the fantastic thing about the Theology of the Physique paired with sensible suggestions for navigating the bodily aspect of labor and supply. I hope to implement a number of the instruments she gives as I invite God into my birthing expertise and spiritually encounter His love by means of all of it.”

Ann Virnig (Director of Mission Development):

“I’m studying Love Woke up by Love by Mark O’Keefe, O.S.B.. I discovered this complement to the Ascent of Mount Carmel by means of the Avila Military, from the category SSF231 ‘From Healed Psyche to Divine Union: The Psychology of St. John of the Cross’  by Dr. Jeff Thompson. It talks about what purgation and detachment are and aren’t; that’s, a liberation and releasing of oneself for love, not a merciless ascetic loveless life. We host a Detachment Collection on Apostoli Viae the place we discuss real-life examples of detaching and I really like how this guide drives residence the purpose of everybody’s testimonies: the extra time we spend in psychological prayer with Love Himself, get weak and open our hearts to receiving His love, the extra we’ll ascend Mount Carmel… the extra we’ll develop in advantage and union with God. We love as a result of He first liked us. (1 John 4:19.)”

Heather Voccola (Operations Supervisor):

“My newest learn is Blessed Are You: Reflections on the Beatitudes by Mom Mary Frances, PCC. Her readability of thought actually makes these passages from the Bible come alive in a brand new and concrete method.  I’ve come away grateful and impressed after spending time with this guide.”

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