St. Teresa of Jesus, also known as St. Teresa of Avila, was a Spanish Carmelite nun in the 16th Century, who became a prominent mystic, writer and monastic reformer.
The Way of Perfection is a great classic useful for anyone wishing to develop his or her prayer life. St Teresa divided the book into three sections. The first describing the requirements for prayer: detachment, humility and love. In the second section she develops these themes, and the last provides an insightful exploration of the Lords Prayer. This book will help you to grow in prayer and in faith, as the timeless wisdom of this well-loved Doctor of the Church leads you closer to the loving heart of God our father.
St. Teresa of Jesus, was a Spanish nun and one of the great mystics and religious women of the Roman Catholic Church. She was the leader of the Carmelite Reform, which restored and emphasized the austerity and contemplative character of this religious order. Canonized in 1622, she was elevated to Doctor of the Church by Pope Paul VI in 1970, the first woman to be so honored. E. ALLISON PEERS is the translator of many great works of Spanish verse and mysticism.
Teresa of Avila
St Teresa of Jesus was born in 1515 in Avila, Spain and entered the Carmelite convent of the Incarnation in 1535, against the wishes of her father. During a serious illness, she practiced mental prayer and started receiving intellectual visions and locutions from Our Lord which continued for the rest of her life. Together with St John of the Cross, she began a reform movement which stressed a return to a traditional rule of poverty and simplicity for Carmelites. St Teresa died on 4 October 1582 in Alba de Torres. She was canonised along with St Ignatius of Loyola, St Francis Xavier, and St Phillip Neri in 1622 by Pope Gregory XV.
The author was a Spanish Carmelite nun in the 16th century. Though designed primarily for others in her order, her guidelines for achieving a deeper sense of spirituality can be followed by anyone, although a good portion of her rules involve a more monastic lifestyle. Though few will go that far, she also provides her personal insights about using prayer to perfect ones relationship with God. The text of this edition has been slightly modernized by former LJ religion columnist Henry Carrigan.
- Library Journal
. . . the editor succeeds in presenting Teresas teachings with clarity and grace. Modern readers will welcome this accessible new edition.
- Cathleen Medwick, Author of Teresa of Avila: The Progress of a Soul