Fire Within: St. Teresa of Avila, St. John of the Cross, and by Thomas DuBay

By Thomas DuBay

This booklet is the fruit of Fr. Dubay's a long time of analysis and event in non secular course and in it he synthesizes the lessons on prayer of the 2 nice medical professionals of the Church on prayer--St. John of the move and St. Teresa of Avila--and the instructing of Sacred Scripture. however the educating that Fr. Dubay synthesized isn't accrued from Teresa and John for contemplatives on my own. it's intended for each Christian and relies at the Gospel valuable of non-public prayer and the decision to holiness. all of the significant components of those nice academics are ordered, commented on and installed the context in their scriptural foundations. here's an exceptional ebook on prayer and the religious existence written by way of the best religious administrators and retreat masters of our time, and in response to the writings of the Church's maximum mystical medical professionals.

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This normalcy already appeared in childhood, for she had a passionate love for tales of war and glory and chivalry. We read that she was “wilder than all her brothers put together”39 and fearless in horseback riding. Even as a youngster she was vibrantly vital: she did what she did with a reckless abandon. While she was at first opposed to the idea of becoming a nun, when she did finally decide in the affirmative, it was with her “all-or-nothing” disposition. Teresa of Avila did not operate by fractions.

Not long ago a layman engaged me in conversation after the Sunday liturgy, his face beaming with joy. “Father, I’ve never heard that before”, he enthused. He was referring to a theme that should be commonplace in homilies. What was this happy discovery, this good news he had never heard before? For the most part, it was two remarks, one of a first-century man, the other of a sixteenth-century woman, interwoven with about fifteen minutes of commentary. If this had been the only time I had met with this sort of reaction to this particular message, the incident probably would not have lingered in my mind.

She loved tenderly and affectionately, yet would brook no nonsense from anyone. She possessed both a strong self-image and an astonishing humility. A born leader, she was yet completely obedient to her superiors. She could be a windmill of activity at one time and at another be lost in mystical contemplation. Though she was highly intelligent and amazingly efficient, she gravitated toward simple, humble men and women. Yet Teresa had her faults, for saints are not born out of the blue. They are weighed down with the same weak human nature we all have, and they experience the same temptations.

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