Reading : The Collected Works of St. Teresa of Avila, Vol II, Kavanaugh and Rodriguez, “The Way of Perfection”, Ch. 6-11
Reflection Questions (Meditate/Journal for a few minutes on these questions and Scripture passages)
- Am I more inclined to give than to receive? If so, what is my motivation? (1 Tim. 6:17-19)
- Do I gently admonish those I love when they deviate from the path of truth or am I afraid of losing their affection? (Col 3:16, Heb 5:2, 3)
What are some of the qualities of pure, spiritual love that Teresa noted and elaborate on examples of them in your own life.
Am I attached to relatives and friends for my own enjoyment and consolation? What does that mean for a secular Carmelite? Given her advice to her cloistered nuns, how might St. Teresa recommend that I detach from such relationships?
What does St. Teresa say is the greatest detachment and what things help us most in that effort to detach? Does that hold true in my own spiritual journey?
How does St. Teresa look upon mortification and illness? How do you practice mortification, deal with your own illness, physical comfort or discomfort, and with the illnesses or complaints of others?