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Overview

“15 Days of Prayer” Collection

Now distributed by New City Press, this popular series is perfect for those looking for an introduction to a particular spiritual guide, those searching for gift ideas and those who merely wish to know more about the person and his or her spirituality. Additional volume planned in 2 to 3 months intervals. Each volume contains:

• A brief biography of the saint or spiritual leader introduced in that volume

• A guide to creating a format for prayer and retreat

• 15 meditation sessions with focus points and reflection guides

Follow in the footsteps of Saint Teresa of Ávila

Saint Teresa of Ávila, a 16th-century Carmelite nun and Doctor of the Church, was a courageous reformer who withstood tremendous opposition to revive the primitive monastic rule and conditions of poverty, hardship and solitude for religious. With Saint John of the Cross, Teresa became an influential spiritual director and left for posterity a series of classic writings, including The Way of Perfection and The Interior Castle, her fullest statement on prayer and contemplation.

Pray without ceasing

Saint Teresa, as spiritual guide and director, places prayer at the center of our relationship with God. She recognizes the different kinds of prayer that may sustain us over the course of our lives, not only the mystical prayer for which she is best known. In addition to steadfast trust in God, Teresa insists upon intellectual engagement and good judgment as cornerstones of the holy life, objectives this 15-day journey will help you achieve. Saint Teresa of Ávila will be a faithful mentor in your spiritual education.

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Jean Abiven's expert yet approachable text will be welcomed throughout the Carmelite family of friars, nuns, religious sisters and lay people in vocation discernment, formation, and private prayer. Equally, it will appeal to any seeker after God, lending itself as much to individual contemplation as to retreat center or parish prayer programs. Readers will find Constant Tonnelier's 15 Days of Prayer volume on Saint John of the Cross, to be reissued in 2012, to be an ideal companion text.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764805738
  • Publisher: Liguori Publications
  • Publication date: 3/28/2000
  • Edition description: 1 ENG ED
  • Pages: 99
  • Product dimensions: 5.49 (w) x 8.23 (h) x 0.29 (d)

Meet the Author

Jean Abiven was born in Brest and entered the Carmelite order in 1977. He is a devoted student of Carmelite spirituality, especially through courses at the Catholic Institute of Toulouse, and is particularly attached to the contributions of Saint Teresa of Ávila.

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  • Posted February 28, 2011

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    Author Jean Abiven, a Carmelite, is a native of Brest, France. His topics for the 15 days of Prayer with Teresa of Avila include the merciful benevolence of the Savior, discerning the Lord's initiatives, and remaining united with the Lord in our daily lives through service to the Church. As part of the" 15 Days of Prayer with" series, this work on Teresa of Avila includes guidelines for using the material, a brief biography of the saint, and 15 titled sessions consisting of a focus statement, teachings taken from the saint's writings, and suggestions for applying them to our lives today. Each session ends with several reflection questions. The series format is well suited to use by individuals and groups. The title for the third day, Thrown into Hell, describes what Abiven calls a "harrowing experience" in the form a vision of hell that came to Teresa while she was at prayer. He quotes Teresa's own writing on the scene. The entrance was long and narrow like an oven, the floor filled with dirty, foul-smelling water "swarming with putrid vermin." She saw herself placed in a small cupboard where she was afflicted with a sense of the soul "tearing itself to pieces" and unbearable bodily pains. Afterward, Teresa understood that earthly afflictions are nothing when compared to the torments of hell. Though Teresa found the vision terrifying for a long time, she considered the experience one of the greatest favors the Lord had granted her. It took away her fear of earthly tribulations, she wrote, and gave her strength to endure them "and give thanks to the Lord who, as it now appears, freed me from such everlasting and terrible evils." In reflecting on this passage, Abiven acknowledges that the vision was "an offshoot of the teachings of her times" but goes on to say that the image of a soul tearing itself apart is an accurate theological perspective. Reflection questions for this chapter address our attitude toward hell and our ability to choose to move closer to God rather than farther away.

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