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Teresa Avila

For Teresa, prayer is the foundation of every virtue


To undertake (prayer [JH]) is a matter of life and death for all Christians. And no one, however lost he may be, should set it aside if God has awakened him to so great a good.

Camino de perfección 16:3

The continuation of the book is therefore entirely dedicated to prayer.

Prayer as a Process of Surrender


Jos Huls, O.Carm.,

The Spanish Inquisition had banned many spiritual books for the general public, and especially for women, and so the Sisters of the newly founded Convent of Saint Joseph in Avila asked St Teresa whether she

St. Teresas’Teaching on the Grades of Prayer


Jordan Aumann, O.P.

When Pope Paul VI proclaimed St. Teresa of Avila the first woman Doctor of the Church on September 27, 1970, he selected one of her many titles as the basis for conferring that honor on her: Teresa of Avila, Teacher of Prayer. The same sentiment was expressed by Pope John Paul II in a letter to the Superior

Life of St. Teresa of Jesus


St. Teresa of Avila

St. Teresa wrote her "Life" slowly. It was begun in spring, 1563, [35] and completed in May or June, 1565. She complains that she can only work at it by stealth on account of her duties at the distaff; [36] but the book is written with so much order and method, the manuscript is so free from mistakes,

The Interior Castle or The Mansions


St. Teresa of Avila

SAINT TERESA began to write the Interior Castle on June 2, 1577, Trinity Sunday, and completed it on the eve of St. Andrew, November 29, of the same year. But there was a long interruption of five months, [1]   so that the actual time spent in the composition of this work was reduced to

The Way of Perfection


St. Teresa of Avila

Although St. Teresa of Avila lived and wrote almost four centuries ago,her superbly inspiring classic on the practice of prayer is as freshand meaningful today as it was when she first wrote it. The Way ofPerfection is a practical guide to prayer setting forth the Saint'scounsels and directives for the attainment of spiritual perfection.

The Spirituality of St. Teresa of Avila


Fr. John Welch, O.Carm.

The Spirituality of St. Teresa of Avila

Teresa’s Castle

               At the age of 62, Teresa of Avila presented a summary of her life of prayer. She imaged her spiritual journey as the journey from the outside of a crystal, global castle to the center room where the King lived.

Pope’s Message to Bishop of Avila on St. Teresa’s Feast

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Pope Francis

To Monsignor Jesus Garcia Burillo, Bishop of Avila

Dear Brother:

On March 28, 1515, a girl was born in Avila who in time would be known as Saint Teresa of Jesus. As the fifth centenary of her birth approaches, I turn my gaze to that city to thank God for the gift of this great woman and to encourage the faithful of the beloved Diocese

Bishop Boyce Praises Testimony of St. Teresa of Jesus

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Bishop Boyce

Here is a homily given Sunday by Bishop Philip Boyce of Rapho, at Mass in RTÉ studios, Donnybrook.

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There’s a lovely story told about the life of Saint Teresa, one handed down to us by tradition.  One day as she was making her way along the corridor in the convent of the Incarnation, in Avila, she saw a small boy standing at the foot of the stairs.

St. Teresa of Jesus Novena


reflection wirtten by Fr. Emiel Albalahin, O.Carm.


Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4 | Day  5 | Day  6 | Day 7 | Day 8 | Day 9

“The prioress should see to it that good books are available, especially The Life of Christ by the Carthusian, the Flos Sanctorum, The Imitation of Christ, The Oratory of Religious, and those books written by Fray Luis de Granada and by Father Fray Pedro de Alcantara. 

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As Carmelites We live our life of allegiance to Jesus Christ and to serve Him faithfully with a pure heart and a clear conscience through a commitment to seek the face of the living God (the contemplative dimension of life), through prayer, through fraternity, and through service (diakonia). These three fundamental elements of the charism are not distinct and unrelated values, but closely interwoven.


by Dr. Radut