This is the second edition of Volume One of The Collected Works of St. Teresa of Avila, first woman doctor of the church. The translators have taken full advantage of all that recent scholarship has contributed to a better understanding of Teresa and her writings. This volume includes her first major work, The Book of Her Life, and two of her shorter works, the Spiritual Testimonies and the Soliloquies. Clear and contemporary, this rendering captures Teresa's spirit while remaining faithful to her thought.
Includes fully linked general and biblical indexes.
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING...
"A singularly direct yet thoroughly readable version of the great mystic."
"A must item for any library of spiritual works."
—Cross and Crown
The Way of Perfection (Spanish: Camino de Perfección) is a
method for making progress in the contemplative life written by St. Teresa of
Ávila, the noted Discalced Carmelite nun for the members of the reformed
monastery of the Order she had founded.
This book provides an original analysis and summary of The
Way of Perfection coupled with an appendix that includes the original text by
Saint Teresa of Ávila.
In effect, the book provides five different Ways of the Cross which the reader can use for prayer. A complete set of reflections from each saint includes a brief Scripture passage, followed by a selection from the saint’s writings; footnotes identify the source document for each.
These saints have a perennial message for us, helping us to mine, as St. John of the Cross described it, the deep, inexhaustible love and riches of Christ, especially demonstrated in his Passion, death and resurrection.
The Way of the Cross with the Carmelite Saints is an ideal prayer resource for the Lenten season, or for personal prayer and reflection at any time throughout the year.
She sees the soul as a magnificent castle full of spacious and well-lit rooms or mansions each of which leads deeper into the heart of the castle to the seat of the King. However, St. Teresa laments that most people give all their attention to the outer wall of the castle the body ignoring the beauty of the soul within.
St. Teresa gives practical advice regarding the early struggles and the temptations to turn back which beset the beginner. She describes each of the seven mansions and urges us forward to love and serve the Divine Majesty, imparting her absolute conviction that progress toward God through prayer is worth vastly more than all the treasures of this earth.
St. Teresa of Avila was a Carmelite nun, Spanish mystic, and reformer in the sixteenth century. She claims to have received visions from God, which are the subject of her written work. In this text, she emphasizes the importance of living a contemplative life in order to achieve complete union with God. Though she believed this union was achieved through private prayer, St. Teresa also used her wisdom to serve others and continually sought to make positive changes in the church, which has made her a religious inspiration to this day.