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The Way of Perfection by Saint Teresa of Avila

September 2, 2014 by  
Filed under Book Club, Spiritual Masters, Teresa of Avila, Vicki Burbach

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The Way of Perfection (Week 1 of 10)

I have been apprehensive about reading this book for years, as I’ve heard so much about the spirituality of Saint Teresa of Avila. And The Way of “Perfection?” I admit, I was a little intimidated. But a year ago when I read Colleen Carroll Campbell’s book, My Sisters, the Saints: A Spiritual Memoir, wherein she described Saint Teresa as a bit of a “late bloomer”, so to speak – someone who struggled with worldly attachments before recommitting her life to Christ – my interest was piqued. Perhaps I’ll be able to relate to her after all.

The following was taken from the back of the book:

Teresa of Avila (1515-1582) is one of the world’s most beloved mystics. Her autobiography has enchanted millions of readers through her use of everyday language to describe her quest for union with God.

The Way of Perfection presents Teresa’s approach to incorporating spirituality into everyday life. Using earthy language, Teresa encourages spiritual seekers to engage in a life of prayer and contemplation. In the first half of her book, Teresa speaks to the nuns in her order about the requirements necessary for a life of prayer-mutual love, detachment from self and the world, and humility. In the second half of her book, Teresa meditates on individual sections of the Lord’s prayer, using the Our Father as a means of instructing us in the way of perfect prayer.

Teresa’s luminous mystical classic is enlivened by her passion for an active life of prayer and her down-to-earth suggestions about ways to achieve it. For centuries, readers of Teresa’s work have been inspired to walk the way of perfection.

Please join us in reading this popular classic! We expect to take about 10 weeks to discuss The Way of Perfection. Our schedule is listed below:

9/2 Week 1 Ch. 1-6 (to be discussed on 9/9)

9/9 Week 2 Ch. 7-12 (to be discussed on 9/16)

9/16 Week 3 Ch. 13-17 (to be discussed on 9/23)

9/23  Week 4 Ch. 18-20 (to be discussed on 9/30)

9/30  Week 5 Ch. 21-25 (to be discussed on 10/7)

10/7  Week 6 Ch. 26-29 (to be discussed on 10/14)

10/14  Week 7 Ch. 30-32 (to be discussed on 10/21)

10/21  Week 8 Ch. 33-36 (to be discussed on 10/28)

10/28  Week 9 Ch. 37-42 (to be discussed on 11/4)

11/4 Week 10 Conclusion

Happy Reading!

Reading Assignment:

Chapters 1-6

Discussion Questions:

1. Have you ever read The Way of Perfection, or anything else written by Saint Teresa of Avila?  If so, is there anything we should consider before we begin?

Read more: Previous Book Club Posts

For More Information on the Book Club:  http://rcspiritualdirection.com/blog/csd-book-club

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About Vicki Burbach

Vicki Burbach is a wife and homeschooling mother of six children ages four to sixteen years who relishes the calm inspiration of spiritual reading amidst the roller coaster of life. A passionate convert to the Faith, Vicki is an avid reader who started the SpiritualDirection.com book club so she could embark with like-minded bibliophiles on a spiritual journey through some of the greatest Catholic books ever written. She is author of the new book How to Read Your Way to Heaven - A Spiritual Reading Program for the Worst of Sinners, the Greatest of Saints, and Everyone in Between. You can also find her at pelicansbreast.com

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