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The Way of Perfection by Saint Teresa of Avila (A Christian classic!)

The Way of Perfection by Saint Teresa of Avila (A Christian classic!) [Kindle Edition]

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NOTE: This edition has a linked "Table of Contents" and has been beautifully formatted (searchable and interlinked) to work on your Amazon e-book reader or iPod e-book reader.

Teresa of Avila, Saint: The Way of Perfection is about making progress in the contemplative life written by St. Teresa of Ávila for the sisters of her reformed convent of the Carmelite Order (Discalced). St. Teresa was a major figure of the Catholic Reformation in 16th Century Spain.

Forty years after her death, she was canonized, in 1622 by Pope Gregory XV. The Cortes exalted her to patroness of Spain in 1617, and the University of Salamanca previously conferred the title Doctor ecclesiae with a diploma.

The title is Latin for Doctor of the Church, but is distinct from the papal honour of Doctor of the Church, which is always conferred posthumously and was finally bestowed upon her by Pope Paul VI in 1970 along with Saint Catherine of Siena making them the first women to be awarded the distinction.

Teresa is revered as the Doctor of Prayer. The mysticism in her works exerted a formative influence upon many theologians of the following centuries, such as Francis of Sales, Fénelon, and the Port-Royalists.

A great example of life in a simpler time.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 313 KB
  • Print Length: 168 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1456569856
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  • Publisher: ignacio hills press (TM) and e-Pulp Adventures (TM); 1st edition (29 July 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Way of Perfection by Saint Teresa of Avila 12 April 2014
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Saint Teresa of Avila is not merely a saint she has been declared a Doctor of the Church. This means that she has much to teach
us. I look forward to reading this spiritual masterpiece.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love it 9 Oct 2013
By Anna
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One with the best books I have ever read. Please just try it and you will love it.
A very good purchase.
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5.0 out of 5 stars .One " up-manship" 27 Feb 2013
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4.0 out of 5 stars Spiritual Classic 18 April 2011
By Dr. Bojan Tunguz - Published on
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Saint Teresa of Avila is one of the most influential Catholic saints. Her spiritual insights have garnered her such a strong reputation and the following that in 1970 she was recognized as one of the "Doctors of the Church," a group of 33 holy men and women who have over the centuries made an important impact on Catholic spirituality and theology. The list includes some true intellectual giants, such as St. Augustine and St. Thomas Aquinas. The depth and the breadth of their works have probably not been surpassed by the thinkers in any field of human intellectual endeavor. On the other hand there are those Doctors of the Church who may not have written much, but their particular insights and visions have proved to be so important and influential that their contributions deservedly need to be held in the highest esteem. St. Teresa of Avila belongs to this latter category, and arguably her most important work is "Interior Castle."

St. Teresa's vision of the soul as a resplendent crystal castle is one of the most beautiful and moving spiritual images of all time. It has inspired generations of Christians to seek holiness through fostering their inner spiritual lives. It serves as a guiding principle for structuring the spiritual progress through seven different stages - represented by seven different "chambers" within the castle. Even though they are only seven of them, each one is in fact very large, if not infinite, in terms of different paths that each soul may take. The innermost room represents the mystical union with God, and the summit of each soul's spiritual development.

As the name may suggest, "Interior Castle" was meant to support inner spirituality and the growth in holiness. This is unsurprising as St. Teresa was a nun, and most of her experience with spiritual growth was within the confines of cloistered life. Nonetheless, this book is applicable to a wide variety of individual circumstances, and its aims are universal - all of us can aspire for greater holiness though inner contemplative journey. Even though this book is considered to be part of the "mystic literature," the writing is fairly straightforward. However, the book could have used some more editing, as many paragraphs run for several pages, and there are certain themes and ideas that get repeated without much in terms of variation. All of this makes this book a bit hard to read. However, if you are willing to look past these minor obstacles, you can find a great spiritual gem in the "Interior Castle."
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring 7 Mar 2012
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A must read classic for Christians and especially women young and old. St. Teresa was a strong woman with many personal flaws, who kept going to Christ for strength. This book is for anyone who wants to grow deeper in faith.
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5.0 out of 5 stars For those who are searching... 18 Feb 2013
By Rose Avila - Published on
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I ascribe to St. Teresa's methods of meditation/prayer. I am Catholic, but you don't have to be Catholic to appreciate a way to focus on prayer. It is a very good read, but one must be spiritually disposed, I think, to get the full benefit of her writing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read 8 Nov 2012
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Any reader interested in spirituality (Christian or non-Christian) should read this. It is of course a "must read" for Christians, not inspired scripture, but full of devotional insights that are helpful to every Christian.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 31 Dec 2012
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Rated high as this is truly an inspirational book. If you have questions about whether God loves you this book gives you the answer.
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