The Inward Path to God: A Prayer Journey with Teresa of Avila

The Word Among Us Press
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 It’s been five hundred years since the birth of the great saint and doctor of the Church Teresa of Avila, yet her words and wisdom still have the power to leap across the barriers of time and culture.
In this book, author and retreat master Wayne Simsic introduces St. Teresa's map for the journey of prayer as outlined in her masterpiece The Interior Castle. First, Simsic invites the reader to focus on two fundamental themes for Teresa: turning inward and growing in the virtues of charity, detachment, and humility, which she considered essential for prayer. Then he describes the life of prayer as it unfolds in the dwellings of the interior castle. As readers move with Teresa into the deeper dimensions of life and love, they will discover their own path of prayer.
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About the author

 Wayne Simsic leads seminars and retreats on spirituality, prayer, and the mystics as spiritual guides. He teaches in the Religious Studies Department and the Ministry Program of Ursuline College in Pepper Pike, Ohio. Among the numerous books he has written are Seeking the Beloved: A Prayer Journey with St. John of the Cross and Praying Through Our Losses: Meditations for Those Who Are Grieving.

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The Word Among Us Press
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Published on
Jan 1, 2015
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Pages
192
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ISBN
9781593254650
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Language
English
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Genres
Religion / Christian Life / Prayer
Religion / Christianity / Saints & Sainthood
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