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Teresa Avila

St. Teresa of Avila Speaks on Mental Prayer


Ernest E. Larkin, O.Carm.

 “We need no wings to go in search of God, but have only to find a place where we can be alone and look upon Him present within us.” These words were written by St. Teresa of Avila in her book The Way of Perfection.

500 years after birth, witness of St. Teresa of Avila remains strong, says Pope


By Ann Schneible

On the 500th anniversary of St. Teresa of Avila's birth, Pope Francis praised the Spanish mystic and reformer for her witness of self-gift to God, as well as her particular relevance during this Year of Consecrated Life.

Rediscovering Teresa of Avila: A Lay Perspective

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Angela Blardony Ureta, A.O.Carm

Today, we commemorate the feast day of one of the most remarkable women to have ever walked the earth, a Spanish contemplative nun who lived and died well over four centuries ago but whose words and deeds continue to impact us, especially those who have chosen to heed the silent call of Carmel.

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.

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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. 

All of these we live under the protection, inspiration and guidance of Mary, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, whom we honor as "our Mother and sister." 


by Dr. Radut