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The truly humble person always walks in doubt about his own virtues.

St. Teresa of Jesus (Avila)



St. Teresa Library, 10-CD Set

Fix Your Eyes on Christ:
Teresa of Avila’s Way of Prayer

Daniel Chowning O.C.D.

This lecture is about the place of Christ in Teresa’s mystical experience and doctrine on prayer. There is a brief overview of the history of Teresa’s experience of Christ, her method of prayer, and some of the major events and spiritual experiences that shaped her understanding of Christ and her doctrine on prayer.

Founding Communities of Prayer:
Advice from Teresa of Avila

John Welch O.Carm

This lecture tells of Teresa’s freeing her nuns to be friends with one another and with God. Teresa gives us guidance on our communities of prayer and their purpose – conformity to God’s will. She based these ideals in reflection of the original Mt. Carmel hermits who reflected on scriptures, prayed earnestly and lived simply.

Teresa of Avila, Mary, and the Reform of Carmel
Emmanuel Sullivan O.C.D.

From the very first days of existence, the Order of Carmel has been dedicated to a life of prayer and service of the most Holy Virgin Mary, and has also been known for its dedication to an imitation of the prophet Elijah who had lived on Mount Carmel. The presenter explores Teresa's service, prayer and imitation of Mary in her reform of the Carmelite Order.

St. Teresa of Avila and the Gifts of the Holy Spirit

Denis Read O.C.D.

Teresa of Jesus gives us the key to the knowledge of God, which is prayer. Here is a study of Teresa’s mysticism, her teaching on contemplation and contemplative prayer, and what Saint John of the Cross will call the Kingdom of Heaven. What is mysticism? It is simply the experience of God, a dynamic state of being in love with the Lord and with one another. We also learn of the Holy Spirit’s centrality in St. Teresa’s writings.

Praying the Our Father with Teresa of Avila

Steven Payne O.C.D.

“When you pray, say Father, Hallowed be Thy Name. Thy Kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread and forgive us our sins for we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us and lead us not into temptation.” This is the version we find in Luke but St. Teresa of Jesus (Avila) had a different approach to a familiar prayer when her sisters asked her to teach them to pray.

From the Wadi to San Jose: Teresa’s Renewal of Contemplative Prayer
Keith Egan T.O.Carm

The speaker reminds us of the primitive meaning of “crises” (from the Greek verb “creno,” which means, first of all to decide, to determine, to choose) and its opportunity to derive wisdom from a living tradition. Indeed, there have been many disasters in the history of Carmel and this presentation looks at some of those crises so that we may discover what decisions Carmelites made during difficult times and what effects these decisions had on the way Carmelites pray. This is a look at the evolution of Carmelite prayer, its good days and its bad.

Martha & Mary Working Together:
Teresa’s Meditation on Song of Songs

Kevin Culligan O.C.D.

Teresa of Jesus’ instructions on prayer are found in her numerous writings, especially her major works. These works, however, do not exhaust her teaching on prayer, which may also be found in her lesser-known writings, her poetry and letters, her spiritual testimonies and soliloquies, and especially her meditations on the Song of Songs. This talk will provide background for Teresa’s writing these meditations for her Carmelite nuns, summarize their content, and suggest their principle teaching including how Teresa understood the secret of harmonizing action and contemplation.

The Mystical Life of Jesus in Teresa and John

Vilma Seelaus O.C.D.

The lecturer tells us that mysticism is the full realization of our human potential, that we are all called to be mystics to discover the sacred. Biblical anthropology images the human as formed of earth and at the same time mysteriously shaped in the likeness of God. More than this, the very breath of God animates and sustains us in life. In beautiful symbolic language, scripture tells us that God, like a birthing mother, breathes divine life into the creature formed in the divine image from earthly clay to become as it were God’s counterpart on planet earth.

Teresa of Avila: Meditations on the Song of Songs

Kevin Culligan O.C.D.

Teresa of Jesus (Avila) stressed the importance of the sacred humanity of the Christ as the lynchpin of all true spirituality for Christians. Here we look at a fascinating aspect of Saint Teresa’s teaching based on her meditations on the Song of Songs. We examine how Teresa shows us how we may achieve the true peace that we all desire and how this peace prepares us to serve others.

Teresa the Reader

Kieran Kavanaugh O.C.D.

The overwhelming mass of people did not know how to read or write in Teresa of Jesus’ day; and this is what we often forget. In fact, 80 to 85 percent of the people in her time were illiterate – didn’t know how to read or write. Printing is what contributed, above all, to people gradually learning how to read the numerous books that were printed and read. Many of these reached Teresa. Nevertheless, the printed books did not eliminate the use of manuscripts. Teresa herself read manuscripts from the most important books for her Carmelite formation in the Monastery of the Incarnation.

St. Teresa Library, 10-CD Set