Monday, October 15, 2007

St. Teresa of Avila and prayer

October 15 is the memorial of St. Teresa of Avila, a 16th century mystic and reformer who was recognized in 1970 as a Doctor of the Church and who is commemorated in Bernini's famous The Ecstasy of St. Teresa (left). I've just been trying to learn a little bit about her life today, and I came across a passage in the Catechism of the Catholic Church that contains a very nice quote from her:

"What is contemplative prayer? St. Teresa answers: 'Contemplative prayer [oracion mental] in my opinion is nothing else than a close sharing between friends; it means taking time frequently to be alone with him who we know loves us.'"

Sounds good to me.

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