As the first woman to be given the title of doctor of the church, St. Teresa of Avila continues to exercise her teaching authority in the world today both within and outside the boundaries of the church. In the present group of 100 themes, Tomás Alvarez wishes to create a favorable approach to Teresa's person and a comprehensive reading of her writings.
Avila and Its Surroundings, The Social Classes of Her Time, Environment and Cultural Levels, Contemporary Women, Clergy, Religion, Her Family, Home, Father, Mother and Siblings is a sampling of some of the one hundred themes presented in this book.
About the Author: Tomás Alvarez is the most noted Spanish scholar in Teresian studies. Besides his editions of her Complete Works and Letters, he has presented to the public in excellent critical editions the photocopies of Teresa's manuscripts so that now we have her Life, The Foundations, The Way of Perfection and The Interior Castle just as they came from Teresa's hand.
The Book of Her Foundations
A Study Guide by Marc Foley, O.C.D.
The Book of Her Foundations is the least read, the least quoted, the least known of St. Teresa's works. Why this is so is probably because people do not think it is a spiritual book. But as you read on, you find that St. Teresa grew in holiness, not in spite of obstacles such as being entangled in lawsuits, mired down in disputes over dowries, tied up in interminable bureaucratic red-tape, and having to deal with unscrupulous businessmen, but because of these difficulties. None of these challenges impeded her spiritual growth. This study guide will help us to see how Teresa grew in holiness in the marketplace as much as in the cloister, perhaps even more so. None of us has been called to found convents, but like Teresa all of us are called to practice virtue and grow in holiness within the fray of daily life.
Practicing the Presence of the Living God
A Retreat by Brother Lawrence of the Resurrection
by Jean Maalouf
This book Practicing the Presence of the Living God intends to be a guide for a spiritual journey. It can be used in a retreat center, at home, or at work when you are able to secure a few moments of quiet solitude and silence. It is structured around seven days - the number of days normally used for a spiritual retreat. However, the seven days can be reduced to a weekend if this is all the time you can afford. It can also be spread to a much longer time if your circumstances do not allow you to have this amount of hours at the same time. All that you need it your total self. God is totally present to you and you should be totally present to God also. It is based on Brother Lawrence of the Resurrection's little book The Practice of the Presence of God.
About the Author:
Jean Maalouf has two doctorates from Paris-Sorbonne University and L'Institut Catholique de Paris. He is the author and editor of more than twenty-five books that include the bestseller Experiencing Jesus with Mother Teresa and the three books on prayer: The Healing Power of Prayer, I Can Tell God Anything: Living Prayer and Bold Prayers from the Heart. He also wrote numerous articles on spiritual, educational, psychological, philosophical, cultural and social issues, as well as having contributed to Encyclopedia of Catholic Social Thought, Social Science, and Social Policy. He is a member of several associations that include Fellowship of Catholic Scholars, American Academy of Religion, Society of Christian Philosophers, and Contemplative Outreach: Centering Prayer.