The Life of St. Teresa of Avila

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Cosimo, Inc., Dec 1, 2006 - Religion - 448 pages
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The works of Spanish nun SAINT TERESA OF AVILA (1515-1582) rank among the most extraordinary mystical writings of Roman Catholicism and among the classics of all religious traditions... and her own life story is considered one of the finest autobiographies in any language. From her carefree childhood through her life as an ascetic Carmelite nun, from her visions of Satan through her worship of God, this is her passionate yet earthy retelling of her struggles with temptation, her work founding and ruling convents, and her devotion to God.Hailed by those seeking spiritual succor as one of the most accessible guides to achieving a closer relationship to God through prayer, this extraordinary book remains a commanding entry to numinous Christianity.
 

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Contents

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II
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III
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IV
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V
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VI
21
VII
28
VIII
35
XXVIII
208
XXIX
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XXX
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XXXI
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XXXII
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XXXIII
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XXXIV
270
XXXV
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X
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XI
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XII
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XIII
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XIV
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XV
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XVI
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XVII
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XVIII
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XIX
126
XX
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XXI
150
XXII
156
XXIII
167
XXIV
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XXV
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XXVI
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XXVII
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XXXVI
289
XXXVII
305
XXXVIII
312
XXXIX
326
XL
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XLI
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XLII
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XLIII
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XLIV
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XLV
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XLVI
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XLVII
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XLVIII
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XLIX
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L
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LI
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LII
420
LIII
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Page 15 - I took the habit our Lord at once made me understand how He helps those who do violence to themselves in order to serve Him. No one observed this violence in me ; they saw nothing but the greatest good will. At that moment because I was entering on that state I was filled with a joy so great, that it has never failed me to this day, and God converted the aridity of my soul into the greatest tenderness.

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