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St. Teresa of Avila by Fr. Robert Altier Part 7

May 11th, 2020

St. Teresa of Avila (1515 - 1582) is one of the most important and influential figures in the history of the Church, yet she remains relatively unknown to most Catholics.  A fearless reformer of the Carmelite Order, she is the true Mistress of the Spiritual Life and a great teacher for all people of the ways of prayer and love of God.

These nine talks are intended as an introduction to the life and teaching of this great Saint and Doctor of the Church.  The talks of 30 - 40 minutes each were presented as homilies at a Novena of Masses in 2014, between October 7th and October 15th, the Feast of St. Teresa, at the Carmelite Monastery in Brooklyn, New York.

The series begins with two talks which are biographical in nature, discussing the life and the work of St. Teresa.  These are followed by a consideration of three of the major themes in the Saint's writings: the virtues, the humanity of Christ, and contemplation.

A brief review of the minor works of St. Teresa is then provided, followed by an overview of her three greatest works: The Book of Her Life, The Way of Perfection and The Interior Castle.