Reading: The Collected Works of St. Teresa of Avila, Vol II, Kavanaugh and Rodriguez, “The Way of Perfection” Review what we have read, especially St. Teresa’s description of types of prayer and contemplation, the meaning of the Our Father, things required for prayer, Virtues of the contemplative person/life…. the things which were most meaningful to you during this study.
- Briefly describe St. Teresa’s own attitude as she wrote “The Way of Perfection”, for whom she wrote, and how it was received.
- Describe St. Teresa’s most personally meaningful teachings, images, or metaphors of prayer, sin and virtue, and the development of contemplation in your own spiritual life.
- Love and fear of God; two fortified castles. Is this imagery meaningful for you? What is the most important/meaningful thing she says about each of these for you at this time? Earlier she said that the three things required for prayer were love, humility, and detachment. Now she says the virtues that are present in the contemplative are love and fear of God. Is this the same love?
- At the end of the Our Father: If it is painful for us to think about how sin offends God; consider Jesus in the Garden and on the Cross. What meaning did St. Teresa give the Amen? What does Amen mean in your life? Can one desire to live and to die at the same time?
- What have you learned from St. Teresa that makes a difference in your life now? Has your image of her changed with this book? Pray the Our Father once more with Jesus and Teresa on either side of you.