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As a spiritual guide and director, Teresa of Avila placed prayer at the centre of the relationship between the human person and God. She is best known for her mysticism, but this volume presents the many other kinds of prayer that sustain us over the course of our lives. She places steadfast trust in God as the cornerstone of a holy life, but insists upon intellectual engagement and good judgement, objectives this 15-day journey will help readers achieve. Teresa of Avila is a faithful mentor for anyone seeking a spiritual education.
Saint Teresa of Avila, a 16th-century Carmelite nun and Doctor of the Church, withstood tremendous opposition to revive the primitive monastic rule and conditions of poverty, hardship and solitude for religious life. With Saint John of the Cross, Teresa became an influential spiritual director, leaving a legacy of classic writings that includeThe Way of Perfection and The Interior Castle, her most complete statement on prayer and contemplation.
JEAN ABIVEN, a native of Brest in France, entered the Carmelite order in 1977. He is a devoted student of Carmelite spirituality, especially through courses offered by the Catholic Institute of Toulouse.