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Benedict XVI: ‘Teresa of Avila shows that time spent in prayer is not lost’

3 febbraio 2011

From Rome Reports:

February 2, 2011. During the general audience, Benedict XVI declared that “time spent in prayer is not lost” and used St. Teresa of Avila as an example of holiness.

As part of his running theme on female saints in his catecheses, the Pope recalled that Teresa of Avila was proclaimed a Doctor of the Church by Paul VI. Teresa and St. John of the Cross reformed the Carmelite Order and founded 17 monasteries.

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May the example and prayers os Saint Teresa of Avila inspire us to greater fidelity to prayer and, through prayer, to greater love for the Lord and his Church, and more perfect charity towards our brothers and sisters.”

At age 20, Saint Teresa entered the Carmelite Convent of Avila. After becoming seriously ill and having a profound inner struggle, she began to feel mystical experiences of union with God.

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Teresa considered the evangelical and human virtues the basis of an authentic Christian life. She identified deeply with Christ in his humanity and stressed the importance of contemplation of his Passion and of his real presence in the Eucharist.”

Her work includes “The Book of my Life,” in which she presents her soul to San Juan de Avila, she dedicates her book “The Way of Perfection” as a spiritual program for her followers, and “The Interior Castle or The Mansions,” which she wrote later in her life, about the path of Christian life toward holiness.

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She presents prayer as an intimate friendship with Christ leading to an ever greater union of love with the Blessed Trinity.”

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