Reading: The Collected Works of St. Teresa of Avila, Vol II, Kavanaugh and Rodriguez, “The Way of Perfection”, Ch 36-39
Reflection Question (Meditate/Journal for a few minutes on the following statement and Scripture passages)
- Teresa summed up the marvels of the Lord’s Prayer in Ch 37, saying it contains the entire good a spiritual soul can desire here on earth. How reverently and devoutly should I pray these words which came to us from the mouth of Jesus? Mt 6:9-15 Luke 11: 2-4.
- I should never become proud or have overconfidence about any virtue I may have. Instead, let me consider myself poor in virtue, relying always on the Lord to help me. Prov 16:2 ;Prov 27:1-2
- What virtue did Teresa say was sure to soon follow a person’s entrance into true contemplative prayer?
- What comparison does St. Teresa make between soldiers and souls who have reached perfection? Which kind of enemy should we fear most?
- What advice does St. Teresa have concerning spiritual delights in prayer?
- How can the devil deceive us concerning virtue?
- If we do not walk in true humility concerning our virtues, what will the Lord do? When the Lord grants us a solid virtue, what comes in its wake?
- What two harms can come from undue disturbance over our sins? In regard to doing penance for our sins, where does St. Teresa say the greatest perfection lies?