A classical work discussing the mystical interior life of a Christian remains as relevant and moving today as it was over 400 years ago. St. Teresa of Avila, a prominent sixteenth-century Spanish mystic and Carmelite nun, penned this masterpiece and practical guide to prayer at the direction of her superiors. It is a work that embraces readers with its relatability and accessibility.
Saint Teresa of Avila provides directions in prayer which aim to help the reader achieve a degree of spiritual perfection rapidly through the embrace of the three essentials — fraternal love, detachment from material things, and true humility. The Saint presents a variety of helpful insights related to the practice of prayer and the entire work crescendos with an inspiring commentary on the entirety of the Lord’s Prayer. This sublime piece mystical writing is, above all, a masterpiece. However, it is a masterpiece of utter simplicity that offers understandable and practical instruction to all seekers of a more prayerful and devout way of life.