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Teresa Of Avila: Mystical Writings

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This book is a lucid introduction to the life and writings of St. Teresa of Avila, with special emphasis on what makes Teresa a model for contemporary men and women. Teresa was a highly erotic woman, brilliant administrator, consumate diplomat, faithful lover, and an insightful observer of the human condition.

Those who have studied St. Teresa's mystical classics, such as Interior Castle and The Way of Perfection, find it difficult to understand and follow her path....

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Overview


This book is a lucid introduction to the life and writings of St. Teresa of Avila, with special emphasis on what makes Teresa a model for contemporary men and women. Teresa was a highly erotic woman, brilliant administrator, consumate diplomat, faithful lover, and an insightful observer of the human condition.

Those who have studied St. Teresa's mystical classics, such as Interior Castle and The Way of Perfection, find it difficult to understand and follow her path. Mother Tessa Bielecki, a lifelong student and teacher of Carmelite spirituality, shows how the timeless insights of St. Teresa provide important guidance for Christians seeking a deeper spiritual life.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780824525040
  • Publisher: Crossroad Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 8/28/1994
  • Series: Crossroad Spiritual Legacy Series
  • Pages: 203
  • Product dimensions: 5.38 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.59 (d)

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Tessa Bielecki is Mother Abbess of the Spiritual Life Institute,a Carmelite community with hermitages in Colorado, Nova Scotia, and Ireland. She studied for a career in international relations at Trinity College in Washington, D.C., before entering a monastery in 1967. Mother Tessa is actively involved in Buddhist-Christian dialogs and international initiatives exploring world peace and planetary survival. She is the author of Teresa of Avila: Ecstasy and Common Sense and Holy Daring, and publisher of Forefront,a quarterly magazine of contemporary spirituality.
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Table of Contents

Foreword 9
Acknowledgments 12
Abbreviations 14
Introduction 15
The Life 16
The Writings 26
The Road Map 29
Ch. 1 The Royal Road 33
Beginning with Determination 34
The Danger of Selfism 36
Meditation 39
Teresian Texts: The Royal Road 40
Ch. 2 Love and Friendship 49
Male Friends 50
The Meaning of Love 52
Meditation 56
Teresian Texts: Love and Friendship 56
Ch. 3 Man and Woman 66
Mutuality and Interdependence 71
Emotional Addiction 74
Meditation 78
Teresian Texts: Man and Woman 79
Ch. 4 Dare the Dream 87
Leaving the Comfort Zone 89
Hard Work and Business 91
The Dying of the Dream 94
Meditation 97
Teresian Texts: Dare the Dream 98
Ch. 5 The Mystery of Suffering 111
Physical Pain 111
Emotional Disturbances 113
The Meaning of Suffering 114
Meditation 117
Teresian Texts: The Mystery of Suffering 118
Ch. 6 Personal Passionate Presence 131
Meditation and Contemplation 132
The Wandering Mind 134
The Real Presence 138
Meditation 139
Teresian Texts: Personal Passionate Presence 140
Ch. 7 Intimacy and Ecstasy 150
Praise-Names 151
True and False Ecstasy 154
Meditation 155
Teresian Texts: Intimacy and Ecstasy 156
Ch. 8 The "Spooky Stuff" 166
Visions 169
Locutions 172
Ignoring Secondary Phenomena 173
Meditation 174
Teresian Texts: The "Spooky Stuff" 175
Ch. 9 Signs of Growth 183
The Spirit of Freedom 184
Spaciousness and Spontaneity 185
Meditation 187
Teresian Texts: Signs of Growth 188
Chronology 199
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