The Way of Perfection
This is a how book concerning "recollective type of prayer. A format used by 16th century Sapnish Mystics
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Despite the fact this inspiring classic on the practice of pray was written almost four centuries ago, it is as fresh and meaningful today as it was when Teresa first wrote it. The Way of Perfection is a practical guide to prayer setting forth her counsels and directives for the attainment of spiritual perfection. Through the entire work, the author's desire to teach a deep and lasting love of prayer begins with a treatment of the three essentials of the prayer in a fulfilled life: 1) fraternal love 2) detachment from created things 3) true humility. Teresa's counsels on these are not only the fruit of lofty mental speculation, but of mature practical experience. This work can be broken into two sections. The first section, she develops these ideas and brings the reader directly to the subjects of prayer and contemplation. Then she gives various maxims for the practice of prayer and leads up to the topic, which occupies the balance of the book; a detailed and inspiring commentary on the Lord's Prayer. The Way of Perfection is the most easily understood, of all Teresa's writings. Although it is a work of uplifting mystical beauty, its outstanding trademark is its simplicity, as it instructs, exhorts, and inspires all those who are seeking a more perfect way of life. Teresa of Avila, the great Spanish mystic and reformer, was committed to writing the experiences, which brought her to the highest degree of sanctity. Her search for, and eventual union with, God have been recorded in her own celebrated masterpieces; Interior Castle and The Way of Perfection. The Way of Perfection was written during the height of controversy, as it ushered in the various reforms within the church, Teresa enacted these within the Carmelite Order. Its specific purpose was to serve as a guide in the practice of prayer and it sets forth her counsels and directives for the attainment of spiritual perfection through prayer. Teresa composed this at her superior’s direction. So as not to interfere with the daily routine duties, it was written in the late hours of the day.