Teresa, Teacher of Prayer

Posted October 15, 2017 12:10 am by John Paul Meenan, Editor

Today is the feast of Saint Teresa of Avila (1515-1582), a discalced Carmelite nun who reformed the Order, which traced its origins way back to the 12th century in the Holy Land, to that very ‘Carmel’ spoken of in such exalted terms in Scripture where Elijah met with God.  The Order developed through the ages, with men and women immersed quietly in prayer and work for Christ, but now, in the midst of the Protestant revolution, in proximate danger of becoming dissolute and irrelevant.
It was Teresa’s task, along with her contemporary Carmelite and mystic, John of the Cross, to bring

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