Teresa de Avila: Mother of Souls
Saint Teresa of Ávila, also called Saint Teresa of Jesus, baptized as Teresa Sánchez de Cepeda y Ahumada, was a prominent Spanish mystic and Carmelite nun. As a contemporary of John of the Cross, Teresa de Avila worked with St. John in reforming the Carmelite order, which had become lax and lost its way.
St. Teresa’s book, Interior Castle, is widely treasured as a classic mystical writing and part of the Spanish Renaissance. The book is a tour guide through prayer using the metaphor of mansions. Like St. John, she deals with the spiritual quest for unity with God in what she refers to as the 7th Mansion. Among the book’s great value is its spiritual perspective on prayer.
In honor of Mother’s Day, join us for talk and tea on May 13 at 1 pm. We’ll reflect on Teresa of Avila’s spiritual guide, Interior Castle over tea refreshments.
Participants are encouraged to read Interior Castle prior to our “talk and tea.” Many editions are available. For unity, Paula recommends the translation by E. Allison Peers, available from such publishers as Dover Thrift Editions and the Image Classic series. Also available e-book and PDF download.
Space is limited. Please sign up: [email protected]
In many ways St. Teresa is the embodiment of 16th century feminism. When she reimagined the Carmelite communities she insisted that each of her nuns must have her own cell—they did not live/sleep in a dormitory. Teresa was promoting "a room of one's own" long before Virginia Woolf wrote her essay. She also taught her "daughters" to take their religious experience seriously. Like Ignatius Loyola, Teresa believed that God could/would communicate with individuals. All religious experience had a personal dimension and it was not always mediated by the church.
—Julie Collins, Chair, Christian Formation Committee, religious educator and spiritual director
Facilitator: Paula Mays
Date/time: Sunday, May 13, 1-2:30 pm
RSVP: [email protected]
- Free; Please register
- May 13, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm