Life of St. Teresa of Jesus, of The Order of Our Lady of Carmel
by St. Teresa of Avila
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Readers interested in basic Christian
mysticism need look no further than Saint Teresa of Avila. Theresa
expresses in beautiful language her deep relationship with God, and her
words of wisdom and ever-hopeful outlook have inspired Christians
everywhere for centuries. The Spanish Carmelite nun's autobiography
provides a perfect entrance point to the world of mental prayer. She
begins her story with tales of her childhood in the early 1500s--the
death of her mother, how she became a nun, and the hardships of her life
including illness and a period of "lukewarmness" during which she ceased
to pray. St. Teresa also relates the visiosn and instructions she
recieved form God later in her life. This book also contains St.
Teresa's writings on the four states of mental prayer. In the first
stage, believers learn to pray. In the second, they experience the
supernatural aspect of prayer. In the third, the soul is bathed inthe
pleasure of God's presence, and in the fourth, senses are abandonded in
a sort of out-of-body experience where the sould feels only divine
union. This book also contains a series of "relations," letters she
send to colleagues giving further thoughts of her beliefs. St. Teresa's
warm and personal descriptions of union with God provide a wonderful and
accessible starting point for engagement in her life and theology of
CCEL Staff Writer
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