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Teresa de Ávila (1515–1582)

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At the age of seven, Teresa ran away from her home in Avila, hoping to be martyred at the hands of the Moors. As a teen, she secretly enjoyed reading novels of chivalry. Taught by Augustinian nuns, Teresa acquired a sense of religious vocation only gradually. Deciding to become a nun, she professed vis mere as a Carmelite of Avila in 1537. Although she became ill to the point of having wax applied to her eyes in preparation of death, she did not die, but she did leave the convent. Teresa later returned to the convent and, upon reading St. Augustine's Confessions, experienced a conversion at the age of 40. When she experienced visions and heard voices, she wondered at first if it was the work of the devil. She found comfort in Peter of Alcantara's assessment that her experiences were of a divine origin. Life as a Carmelite nun tended to be comfortable, but not dissolute. Inspired by her mystical experiences, Teresa took practical steps to reform the Carmelite order. In 1562 she founded a convent with a stricter regime of discipline than was common. She also organized a Discalced Carmelite monastery for men. In doing so, she met Juan de Yepes y Alvarez, known to us as the mystic St. John of the Cross, who became a fellow reformer. In all, she founded 16 reformed convents. Teresa's spirituality cannot be characterized in a word, but humility rather than honor was at its center. Her life of contemplation led to active service. Upon her death in 1582, her body remained preserved. This, along with other signs of saintliness, led to her canonization in 1622. In 1970, she was declared a "Doctor of the Church," the first woman in the history of the Catholic church to receive that honor. (Bowker Author Biography) vis mindre

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Værker af Teresa de Ávila

Sjælens slot (1588) 2,844 eksemplarer
The Way of Perfection (1567) 1,149 eksemplarer
Obras completas (1901) 142 eksemplarer
A Life of Prayer (1983) 107 eksemplarer
Complete Works of St. Teresa (1946) 34 eksemplarer
Antología (1901) 12 eksemplarer
Opere 8 eksemplarer
Œuvres (2012) 7 eksemplarer
Poesias Y Exclamaciones (1965) 6 eksemplarer
Seta de fogo : 22 poemas (1989) 6 eksemplarer
Lettere (1970) 5 eksemplarer
The prison of love (1972) 5 eksemplarer
Tutte le opere (2011) 4 eksemplarer
Epistolario 4 eksemplarer
Amore divino 4 eksemplarer
Llevar El Alma Con Suavidad (2006) 3 eksemplarer
Regole per la vita conventuale (1995) 3 eksemplarer
Brev i urval (1982) 3 eksemplarer
Comentario al Padre Nuestro (1982) 3 eksemplarer
Prosa Escogida (1976) 3 eksemplarer
St. Teresa of Avila 3 eksemplarer
Libro de su vida 3 eksemplarer
Al andar se hace camino (1983) 2 eksemplarer
Opuscules de la Sainte 2 eksemplarer
Relations spirituelles 2 eksemplarer
Juntos andemos, Señor (2014) 2 eksemplarer
Obras de Santa Teresa 2 eksemplarer
The Collected Works, I 2 eksemplarer
366 Textos De Santa Teresa (2012) 2 eksemplarer
Poemas iluminados (2009) 2 eksemplarer
Que muero porque no muero (2015) 2 eksemplarer
Las Parabolas De Santa Teresa (1981) 2 eksemplarer
Santa Teresa de Jesus 2 eksemplarer
Levende vann 2 eksemplarer
Storia della mia vita (2015) 2 eksemplarer
Su Vida (1960) 2 eksemplarer
içimizdeki şato 1 eksemplar
Das Vaterunser meditieren (2001) 1 eksemplar
The Interior Castle 1 eksemplar
Twierdza wewnętrzna (2012) 1 eksemplar
Obras escogidas 1 eksemplar
Pensieri 1 eksemplar
gli scritti 1 eksemplar
Opere minori 1 eksemplar
Zamak duše 1 eksemplar
Libro de las fundaciones (2015) 1 eksemplar
Correspondance 1 eksemplar
Teresa, mon amour (2008) 1 eksemplar
Opere III 1 eksemplar
Opere II 1 eksemplar
Opere I 1 eksemplar
St. Teresa's Own Words (2018) 1 eksemplar
The Vows 1 eksemplar
Poesías 1 eksemplar
The complete works 1 eksemplar
Así pensaba Teresa (1981) 1 eksemplar
The inner journey (1977) 1 eksemplar
Su vida 1 eksemplar
Las moradas (2002) 1 eksemplar
Relaciones espirituales (1983) 1 eksemplar
Meditaciones 1 eksemplar
Selected Writings (1950) 1 eksemplar
Obras completas I 1 eksemplar
Libro De La Vida 1 eksemplar
Las fundaciones. 1 eksemplar
Cantiques du chemin (1999) 1 eksemplar

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archivomorero | Aug 20, 2023 |
Summary: St Theresa’s reflections on growing in love, humility, and the life of prayer.

About a year ago, I reviewed a different, out of print, edition of this work from the same publisher. The folks at Paraclete were so generous that they sent me their “in print” edition of the same work, published for the 500th anniversary of the writing of this work. In addition to a foreword by Paula Huston reflecting on her own encounter with this work, the translation is one into contemporary English, with instances where the translator changed sentences in the passive voice to active. In reading this edition, I felt like Theresa was speaking directly to me.

The Way of Perfection breaks down into two parts. The first focuses on the spiritual life and how one of those in the Carmelites might progress in becoming like Christ. She explains the benefits of poverty, the importance of unceasing prayer and the necessity that women love each other equally without favoritism, which can wreck the harmony of a house. She instructs on detachment from all earthly affections to focus on the love of God. This includes gifts from family. She addresses answering unjust accusations:

“No one can ever blame us unjustly, since we are always full of faults, and a just person falls seven times a day. It would be a falsehood to say that we have no sin. Even if we are not guilty of the thing we are accused of, then, we are never entirely without blame in the way that our good Jesus was” (p. 57).

She devotes several chapters to mental and vocal prayer and contemplation. She urges people to pray as they are able and that the Lord is as pleased with our vocal prayers as our silent mental praying. She stresses that the state of contemplation, resting in the Lord, is a gift that may come equally to those praying vocally or mentally.

The second part turns to the great vocal prayer of the church, the Our Father. Theresa takes us through the prayer phrase by phrase, mining its richness. She marvels how much Jesus gives us in the first words, “Our Father.” She reflects on the significance of “hallowed be thy name” and “thy kingdom come” side by side, that the presence of God’s good rule on earth reminds us of the holiness of his name. She acknowledges the challenge of yielding our will to God. She tends to spiritualize the idea of daily bread, focusing on the bread of Christ. Perhaps it is well that our need for daily physical bread be a reminder of the need to be daily nourished in Christ. She emphasizes the underlying love of each other behind the prayer to be forgiven as we forgive. “Lead us not into temptation” is not a shrinking from spiritual conflict but our awareness of our vulnerabilities to temptation and the protection of God.

I’ve but touched on the richness to be found in these pages. It certainly did not hurt me to read The Way of Perfection again. I suspect that multiple readings are warranted because, in each reading, we are different people and will hear different things.


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary review copy of this book from the publisher.
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BobonBooks | 10 andre anmeldelser | Apr 26, 2023 |
Translated from Spanish.
GHA.Library | 10 andre anmeldelser | Apr 17, 2023 |
I have just finished reading ‘The Interior Castle’, otherwise known as ‘The Mansions’, by the Spanish Carmelite Nun, mystic and Doctor of the Church St. Teresa of Avila.

The book proved to be more than worthy of the spiritual classic label that it has earned. It is one that I will return to again and again for inspiration.

The book is at one and the same time both easy to read and difficult to read. I would suggest that for those just beginning their spiritual journey it may prove very abstract. Even for those of us further along the spiritual path it can prove challenging, with themes, motifs and experiences which may be totally unfamiliar to us. You don’t know what you don’t know, and yet even the later chapters can fuel the imagination and provide motivation. I certainly found it a helpful guide and, whilst being unable to discern exactly where in the mansion I am, I came away with a renewed sense of spiritual direction.

I also benefitted from reading ‘The Fire Within’ by Fr. Thomas Dubay before venturing into the Interior Castle. It helped me immensely in understanding the context and themes of St. Teresa’s writing and her connections with her younger Spiritual Director St. John of the Cross, whose 'Dark Night of the Soul' I plan to read next.

Anyway, back to this book.

The Interior Castle is a metaphor for our soul. According to Teresa of Avila, our soul is like a single diamond in which there are many rooms. At the centre of the Castle is where the King (Jesus) resides. The soul has great dignity and beauty and is a paradise in which God takes great delight. Teresa asks, “what do you think a room will be like that is the delight of a King so mighty, so wise, so pure and so full of all that is good?”

We enter the Interior Castle, Teresa says, through prayer and mediation. Our destination is the centre of the castle where the most “secret things pass between God and the soul”. This is the interior journey. Teresa goes on to say, “You will have read certain books on prayer which advise the soul to enter within itself: and that is exactly what this means.”

So, the Interior Castle is really a book about prayer and what the 12 step programmes call ‘conscious contact with God’.

Prayer can be separated into two categories, ascetic and mystical.

In ascetic prayer we initiate interaction with God through vocal prayer and meditation. This is also called “purgative prayer” because of the cleansing effect on our lives. The first three mansions of the Interior Castle cover this material.

In mystical prayer, God drives the activity. Teresa writes about this in Mansions four through seven. This form of prayer can itself again be divided into two categories, illuminative prayer and unitive prayer.

Through illuminative prayer God enlightens our will and understanding. Teresa explains this in the fourth mansion. In mansions five through seven Teresa writes about unitive prayer, which leads us to a deep and intimate relationship with Christ “where the most secret things pass between God and the soul.”

Unitive prayer covers two thirds of the Interior Castle and is the focal point of the book.

I found the book at one and the same time revealing, interesting and inspiring. I am very much a ‘head’ Christian and have been aware for some time of a need to counterbalance this with a development of my spiritual life. The idea of having an intimate, inner relationship with Christ excites me.
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IanGrantham | 27 andre anmeldelser | Mar 23, 2023 |



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E. Allison Peers Translator, Editor
Otilio Rodriguez Translator
Raimundo Panikkar Introduction
J. M. Cohen Translator
David Lewis Translator
John Venard Translator
E. Allison Peers Translator
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