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Thoughts on the Wounds of Love and the Transverberation of the Heart

Thoughts on the Wounds of Love and the Transverberation of the Heart

August 27, 2019

August 26 is the day the Discalced Carmelite Order celebrates the supernatural grace of the “Transverberation of the Heart” of St. Teresa of Avila.  What does that entail?  To what purpose can it be associated with?  How do you discern this grace?  St. Teresa gives us a detailed explanation of the first time she experienced the transverberation of her heart.  God has given us a great grace through the incorrupt body of St. Teresa, with an incorrupt heart, which may be seen today in a special reliquary.  What phenomena are associated with St. Teresa’s heart?  What does it mean?  How can we share in this grace in a natural, ordinary way?  What was St. Padre Pio’s experience of the transverberation of the Heart?  Understanding their experiences helps us to realize another way in which God is present and how it affects the whole world.

A Cell of Prayer, the Transverberation, and the Virtues of Mary

A Cell of Prayer, the Transverberation, and the Virtues of Mary

August 24, 2019

Prayer is to the soul what air is to the lungs.  If we don’t pray, we die spiritually.  St. Mary of Jesus Crucified, a Discalced Carmelite Mystic, talked about how we can be a “cell for Jesus”  and how Jesus wants to come to you.  In the depths of prayer, the Lord sometimes grants supernatural graces, which leads us to the deep prayer of 3 great Carmelites:  St. John of the Cross, St. Mary of Jesus Crucified, and St. Teresa of Jesus (Avila).  One great grace that both St. Mary of Jesus Crucified (Mariam, the Little Arab) and St. Teresa of Avila experienced was the transverberation of the heart, a wound of the heart.  St. John of the Cross gives us a great explanation of this grace, then the descriptions of this experience from St. Mary of Jesus Crucified and St. Teresa of Avila is given. It is interesting to compare their accounts.  Then we turn to some quotes on the Blessed Mother and a meditation on the Virtues of Mary from St. Mary of Jesus Crucified.

Intimate Friendship with Jesus Christ—from the Perspective of St. Teresa of Avila

Intimate Friendship with Jesus Christ—from the Perspective of St. Teresa of Avila

October 10, 2016

It was through the lens of intimate friendship with Jesus Christ that the many foundations of St. Teresa of Jesus (of Avila) were begun. In her book, “The Way of Perfection,” she wrote: “All my longing was and still is that since He {Jesus} has so many enemies and so few friends that these few friends be good ones. As a result, I resolved to do the little that was in my power; that is, to follow the evangelical counsels as perfectly as I could and strive that these few persons who live here do the same.” Her life was a witness and testimony to this intimate friendship with Jesus. We must be diligent in seeking the Lord and answering “His Call.” St. Teresa counsels us on how to develop this relationship: “Represent the Lord Himself as close to you and behold how lovingly and humbly He is teaching you. Believe me, you should remain with so good a friend as long as you can. If you grow accustomed to having Him present at your side, and He sees that you do so with love and that you go about striving to please Him, He will never fail you. He will help you in all your trials; you will find Him everywhere.” (“The Way of Perfection 23.2; 26.1). It is through a frequent, intimate conversation in prayer and in the sacraments, that we can more easily grown in our union with Jesus. In this program, Mark and Frances discuss the importance of developing this friendship with Christ through the life and counsel of our Mystic and Doctor of the Church, St. Teresa of Jesus (of Avila).

RESOURCES:
Scripture:  1 Jn 4:17-19; Jn 15:13; Jn 14-15

Articles:“Springtime of Faith Conference: The Toolbox of Pope Benedict,” Nashville. http://www.springtimeoffaith.org/images/Springtime%20of%20Faith%20ConferenceThe%20Toolbox%20of%20Pope%20Benedict%202010.pdf

“Christ in the Mysticism of St. Teresa” by Father Kieran Kavanaugh, OCD. http://www.angelfire.com/ca5/stjoseph/formdocs/christ_by_kieran.htm

“Teresa of Avila and Friendship” by Susan B. Cordsen; http://nebula.wsimg.com/d072ccd7a633bf3fe455a1d59188b38e?AccessKeyId=BEEADDF369000DCF3CC9&disposition=0&alloworigin=1

Books:“Collected Works of St. Teresa of Avila, Vol. 1,2 and 3, ‘ The Book of Her Life,’ ‘The Way of Perfection,’ and ‘Interior Castle’” trans. by Kieran Kavanaugh, OCD and Otilio Rodriguez, OCD; ICS Publications.

“15 Days of Prayer with Saint Teresa of Aivla” by Jean Abiven; Liguori.

“Let Nothing Trouble You: 60 Reflections from the Writings of St. Teresa of Avila,” Compiled by Heidi S. Hess; Servant Publications.

“Friendship with Christ: Love and Service” by Sister Mary of Jesus and St. Joseph, OCD; Carmel, Schenectady, New York, 1972.

The Marian Devotion of St. Teresa of Avila

The Marian Devotion of St. Teresa of Avila

May 23, 2016

How did St. Teresa of Avila express her Marian devotion and how might we imitate her? Although St. Teresa did not write a major work on the Blessed Virgin Mary, there is no doubt the importance she played in St. Teresa’s life, from her youth up through her founding many monasteries. One may ask, what place did the rosary have in her prayer life? What was the importance of the Virgin Mary in St. Teresa’s prayer? Did she have some mystical encounters involving the Blessed Mother? And, for today, how might we grow in our devotion to our Heavenly Mother?

 Resources:

 Scripture: Lk 1:35

 Books:

“The Collected Works of St. Teresa of Avila, Vol. 1, 2, and 3,” Translated by Kieran Kavanaugh, OCD and Otilio Rodriguez, OCD; ICS Publications.

 “Sermon in a Sentence: a Treasury of Quotations on the Spiritual Life, Vol. 4, St. Teresa of Avila,” Selected and Arranged by John P. McClermon; Ignatius Press

Article:

“Saint Teresa of Jesus and the Virgin Mary” found at www.ocd.pcn.nt/mad_en1.htm

“The Writing and Letters of St. Teresa of Avila #1″ with special guest Lisa LaRosa

“The Writing and Letters of St. Teresa of Avila #1″ with special guest Lisa LaRosa

May 19, 2014

Although St. Teresa of Avila said she was NOT a writer, she has a compilation of writings that would dwarf many an author today. Special guest, Lisa LaRosa, tells us about St. Teresa’s writing starting with an early novel as well as her four most famous major works. Additionally, St. Teresa’s minor works cover a vast terrain from biblical commentary to post-communion reflections and meditations, to spiritual challenges, satire, poems, instructional works, and more. Her personal letters, of which 468 were found, covered the years 1546-1582. We get a candid look at St. Teresa’s personal thoughts and expressions and concerns as well as gems of wisdom that are very applicable to our lives today. We begin with some of the early letters and will continue the series throughout the year highlighting some of the letters with the most notable points. St. Teresa, pray for us!

Quotable Quotes of St. Teresa of Avila, #1

Quotable Quotes of St. Teresa of Avila, #1

October 13, 2013

“Quotable Quotes of St. Teresa of Avila, #1″ with host, Frances Harry, along with Guest, Chris Cotter, OCDS. We will be focusing on some of our favorite quotes of St. Teresa of Avila. Some topics to be covered: St. Teresa ‘s conversion story from the “Book of Her Life,” important points about prayer, what she says about “the cross,” her approach to Confession, the importance of “Love, Detachment, and Humility” for growth in the spiritual life, and why we should practice mortification.

The Interior Castles III

The Interior Castles III

June 20, 2011

“In this program Mark and Frances continue their conversation on St Teresa of Avila’s Interior Castles. Here they will explore the latter part of the 6th Dwelling where the soul is encouraged to continue to reflect on the humanity of Christ, most especially His passion. This is also where the soul experiences God through intellectual visions which serve to transform the soul at its deepes core. They will also discuss the 7th Dwelling, where the soul begins to experience complete Transforming Union.”

Spiritual Life

Spiritual Life

June 6, 2011

Have you ever wish for mystical “flights of spirit?” have you wondered how the saints disposed themselves for intimate union with God? Listen into this interesting conversation on what a Doctor of the Church and a Master of prayer, St Teresa of Avila has to say about these any other topics in the spiritual life. Learn how we can begin to make real progress in our spiritual journey.

The Interior Castle II

The Interior Castle II

May 9, 2011

Have you ever wondered if your prayer life was useful, and whether you were making progress. In this insightful program, Mark and Frances continue their conversation on Teresa of Avila’s “The Interior Castle.” They will discuss the need for and benefits of Spiritual Direction. They also discuss the role of dryness in prayer and offer insights on the signs that demonstrate when a person is making progress in their prayer life.

The Interior Castle II

The Interior Castle II

May 2, 2011

Have you just begun to pray more seriously, or are you still struggling with finding the time and commitment. On this program Mark and Francis begin a discussion of St Teresa of Avila’s Interior Castles. Today they discuss the first three “Dwellings” or Mansions in St Teresa’s explanation of the Seven Interior Castles. If you are struggling with your prayer life, let a true master of prayer, St Teresa of Avila, conduct you along a smoother path.