Temp A6


 Focus: Teresa of Avila, The Way of Perfection

ReadingThe Collected Works of St. Teresa of Avila, Vol II, Kavanaugh and Rodriguez, “The Way of Perfection”, Ch. 21-25

Reflection Question (Meditate/Journal for a few minutes on this question and Scripture passage)

  1. How great is my resolve to persevere in prayer until reaching the end, even when work is involved or criticism arises? Mt 10:34-39.

Discussion Questions

  1. What two kinds of prayer did St. Teresa say her daughters needed?
  2. Did St. Teresa believe that the nature of mental prayer is determined by whether or not the mouth is closed? Explain your answer.
  3. What two exceptions does St. Teresa allow for abandoning mental prayer for a day or so?
  4. Of what value is the experience of God’s goodness, as opposed to knowing Him through faith alone?
  5. What advice does St. Teresa give to those who experience days of severe temptation in prayer?
  6. Can one be raised to perfect contemplation while reciting a vocal prayer? If so, how?
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