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Teresa de Jesus

Teresa de Jesus

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Published by: Jorge Eduardo Santander Ruiz on Jul 02, 2012
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The Life of St.Teresa of Jesus, of The Order ofOur Lady of Carmel
Teresa, of Avila, Saint (1515-1582)
Grand Rapids, MI: Christian Classics Ethereal Library
Readers interested in basic Christian mysticism need lookno further than Saint Teresa of Avila.Theresa expresses inbeautiful language her deep relationship with God, and herwords of wisdom and ever-hopeful outlook have inspiredChristians everywhere for centuries.The Spanish Carmelitenun's autobiography provides a perfect entrance point to theworld of mental prayer. She begins her story with tales of herchildhood in the early 1500s--the death of her mother, howshe became a nun, and the hardships of her life includingillness and a period of "lukewarmness" during which sheceased to pray. St.Teresa also relates the visiosn and in-structions she recieved form God later in her life.This bookalso contains St.Teresa's writings on the four states ofmental prayer. In the first stage, believers learn to pray. Inthe second, they experience the supernatural aspect ofprayer. In the third, the soul is bathed inthe pleasure of God'spresence, and in the fourth, senses are abandonded in asort of out-of-body experience where the sould feels only di-vine union.This book also contains a series of "relations,"letters she send to colleagues giving further thoughts of herbeliefs. St.Teresa's warm and personal descriptions of unionwith God provide a wonderful and accessible starting pointfor engagement in her life and theology of mysticism.Abby ZwartCCEL Staff Writer
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