Santa Teresa, An Appreciation
by Alexander Whyte
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During a rainy summer in Scotland towards the end of the nineteenth century, Alexander Whyte, minister and professor in the Free Church of Scotland, spent his mornings and evenings reading the works of Saint Teresa of Avila, beloved Reformer of the Carmelite Order in the sixteenth century. So moved by the words of the saint, Whyte wrote this short biography of Santa Teresa, along with summaries of her works. He also included selected passages from the writings of Santa Teresa on spirituality and theology, for the purpose of sharing these passages with young men and women that they might grow spiritually and intellectually. In this short tribute, Whyte passes on his adoration of Santa Teresa to the reader, along with the texts that so moved him, to bless those who read this beautiful and thoughtful work.
Laura de Jong
CCEL Staff Writer