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The Interior Castle of St Teresa of Jesus of Ávila

Part 6 of 7 The Sixth Mansions are the most complex, longest and dense of the seven Mansions! They occupy eleven chapters compared to the three chapters for the Fourth Mansions. A single reading of the text will not suffice — a life time is required! Never is humility needed more to get to grips […]

The Interior Castle of
St Teresa of Jesus of Ávila

Part 2 of 7 The Second Mansion St Teresa writes briefly and concisely on the Second Mansion and it is all worth reading. This Mansion is called the proper entrance to the Castle and has the word prayer marked over it. Those who enter are determined to pray. But it is a honeymoon stage of […]

The Interior Castle of 
St Teresa of Jesus of Ávila

Part 1 of 7 Introduction The Interior Castle is St Teresa’s masterpiece and one of the greatest books ever written about prayer. It is her most ordered and mature work, written in 1577 and taking six months to complete. It was said that those who observed her during this time saw a glowing radiance about […]

St Teresa of Ávila and The Way of Perfection

Its teaching on prayer — Part 2 of 2 The second major teaching in this spiritual classic, The Way of Perfection, is found in St Teresa’s commentary on the Lord’s Prayer, the Our Father, in Chapters 27-42. Imagine the honour and privilege of being able to address God as our Father. How close we are […]

The Way of Perfection by St Teresa of Ávila

And its teaching on prayer — Part 1 of 2 This article is a brief introduction to The Way of Perfection. St Teresa wrote this book at the request of her daughters at her first monastery, St Joseph’s in Avila. This is a book for formation, written to help the sisters in their life of […]

The Prayer Journey According to St Teresa of Ávila

This article and the ones that follow are designed to help you to read the very inspiring actual words of St Teresa of Ávila on prayer. I hope to give you greater access to what she wrote if you are not familiar with her writings. St Teresa wrote three great masterpieces: •  The Life, 1562, […]

St Teresa of Ávila Doctor of Prayer

St Teresa [1515-1582] answers the question How do I grow deeper in prayer? In fact, there is a well-founded case to be made that she is the best teacher the Church has on prayer, the Doctor of Prayer. As I write this I am aware of the many Discalced Carmelite experts who have written explaining […]

Francis speaks to the Synod and on St Teresa of Avila

“Speak clearly, listen with humility, accept with an open heart” Vatican City, 6 October 2014 (VIS) – Vatican City, 6 October 2014 (VIS) – This morning, in the presence of the Holy Father, the First General Congregation of the Synod of Bishops on “Pastoral challenges to the family in the context of new evangelisation” took […]