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Fire Within by Thomas DuBay, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide. Fire Within by Father Thomas Dubay, S.M. is a fantastic and engaging work synthesizing and systematizing the thought of St. Teresa of Avila. Fire Within by Father Thomas Dubay. I would like to recommend the above book as spiritual reading. It is very substantive, informative and.

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Saints are the best exegetes we have of Scripture. Because men and women of heroic virtue are fully responsive to the Holy Spirit, they are the best exegetes of the divine word inspired by the same Spirit. While some saints write books of theology, all saints are books of theology: Saints Teresa and John are Doctors of the Church because they lived and sang of the deepest immersions of the human spirit in the divine Fire.

They are unparalleled torchbearers of the Fire within.

Teresa does not focus on methods or techniques. Christic communion is a love matter before it is anything else. We begin a serious prayer life by practicing the ordinary virtues with extraordinary fidelity and entirety.

Positively — do all for the glory of God. Contemplation given by the Holy Spirit burns faults away and produces virtues. The surest sign of genuine prayer is the steady deepening of faith, hope, love, humility, patience, purity and all the other virtues.

Contemplation, therefore, is NOT divorced from the rest of life. We pray in fite, yes, but we return to our brothers and sisters with something rich to share, a far deeper, more loving, more giving self. It is noncontemplative people who fall short of living a full human life.


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Teresa of Avila, vocal prayer is verbalized mental prayer. This is poles apart from rote recitation. As a result, vocal prayer should prepare the soul for contemplation. A serious prayer life normally begins humbly with small steps.

We begin to pray in a human way and slowly are led by the Lord Himself into a divine way. Attempts to force the mind to be empty do more harm than good. We are not producing a neutral state of awareness; we are receiving light and love from God. We leave aside discursive reasoning when we notice the infused quiet from God. Profit from distractions during meditation by not being worried or fretting about it.

Fire Within by Father Thomas Dubay

Be gentle with yourself — laugh it off, treat it as silly, and remain quiet. When God begins to give this superior communion, leave behind all methods.

With this in mind, Teresa notes that in this prayer of recollection it is not necessary to abandon meditation completely, for the infusion is not continual by any means. The saint advises the person here to be gentle and simple utter a single word. Sense delights are beneficial only when they immediately raise one to God. God created our senses so that He can be more known and loved through them. Our sense life is properly oriented when it sparks prayer.

Until we reach this degree of purification, we have to wage unrelenting war on our wayward pursuits of creation-centeredness. We keep our thoughts constantly on the vanity of all things and fix them on eternity. As soon as we notice a fondness for even the smallest of created things we are to turn our thoughts from them to their Creator.


Fire Within : St. Teresa of Avila, St. John of the Cross, and the Gospel on Prayer

Growth in prayer gives us a realism about what is and what is not really important in life. Fidelity to work does not hinder communion with God. Rather, the one furthers the other. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Wwithin account. You are firs using your Facebook account. Notify me of new comments via email. Teresa of Avila, St. John of the Cross, and the Gospel—On Prayer. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Email required Address never made public.

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