Temp A8


ReadingThe 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?

Discussion Questions

  1. What must we do to cooperate with God’s grace in the prayer of quiet?
  2. 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?
  3. What virtue did St. Teresa say would soon follow a person’s entrance into true contemplative prayer?
  4. 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?
  5. 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?
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