This program introduces the life of St Teresa of Avila and her useful teachings on the Way of Perfection. This program focuses on the life of Teresa of Avila and her main teachings on prayer, community, sacrifice and entering in to relationship with the Lord. The principle texts for this program are her Way of Perfection and her Autobiography. There are some history of the reform initiated by Teresa, as well as her relationship with John of the Cross. The primary message of this program is to demonstrate how Teresa, in the midst of all that she accomplished in the world, was still able to achieve the highest levels of prayer and union with the Lord.
This program focuses on Carmel’s deep devotion to Mary and the role she plays in forming us spiritually. The program will focuses on Mary’s primary example to Carmel, her Purity of Heart and Simplicity of Life. The material covers Carmel’s special relationship to Mary and Marion devotions, as well as how Mary plays a personal role in forming each of us into the image of her Son.
This program begins with a simple history of the Order and its foundation in our Father, Elijah. The primary text for this program is “Journey to Carith” and the ICS publication on entitled “Elijah.” This program provides a basic understanding of what led to the establishment of the Carmelite Order, and also profiles some of the key figures who will be presented in greater detail in later programs. The focus is to demonstrate how Elijah’s own life serves as a model for the today’s active contemplative who seeks above all else to do the will of God.