Reading: The Collected Works of St. Teresa of Avila, Vol II, Kavanaugh and Rodriguez, “The Way of Perfection”, Ch. 31-35
Reflection Question (Meditate/Journal for a few minutes on the following statement and Scripture passages)
How grateful am I for “my daily bread”? Do I remain in loving awareness of the Lord’s presence after receiving Him in Holy Communion? Mt 22:42-43 Why is the hour after Communion such a good time for prayer and what might I do if I am not free at that time?
- What must we do to cooperate with God’s grace in the prayer of quiet?
- How does the prayer of quiet differ from that of contemplation and what faculty of ours must we give entirely to the Lord in order to experience contemplation?
- What virtue did St. Teresa say would soon follow a person’s entrance into true contemplative prayer?
- What are some of the blessings offered us in the mystery of the Eucharist and how does St. Teresa relate the prayer of recollection to receiving the Eucharist?
- What is spiritual communion and when might it be good to make one? What are some of the characteristics of St. Teresa’s Eucharistic prayer?