The Way of Prayer: A Commentary on St. Teresa's Way of Perfection


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This is a new edition of an acclaimed commentary on St. Teresa of Avila’s classic work, Way of Perfection, discussing the various forms of Christian prayer. This updated edition, by a renowned spiritual writer and expert on the writings of St. Teresa, includes all the inspiring quotations from Carmelite authors and saints on this subject. St. Teresa was given the mission to teach the way of contemplative prayer and to restore to Carmel its ideal of prayer. Just seeing her in deep prayer moved Teresa’s first companions to ask her to teach them the way to it. The Apostles made the same request of Jesus: "Teach us to pray’". Jesus answered by teaching the Our Father, and St. Teresa responded through this book, which contains her extended commentary upon that great prayer that is the core of her work. Her innovation was to unite not only prayer and the apostolate, but contemplation and the apostolate, for contemplation is a particular kind of prayer which tends toward the most sublime intimacy with Our Lord. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus first taught the dispositions for prayer, then what we should ask for. St. Teresa follows this same teaching for those who seek contemplation. The first part of her book explains the necessary dispositions for it, and then, like Jesus, she gave the prayer itself and taught how to recite the Our Father in a deeply contemplative way.


• A renowned spiritual writer presents inspiring commentary on a classic work of prayer
• St. Teresa of Avila is considered one of the greatest writers and teachers of contemplative prayer
• This book offers practical help and clear insights to Christians in all walks of life who seek the ways of prayer and contemplation

PRAISE FOR The Way of Prayer

"Fr. Gabriel's book beautifully explains the way of St. Teresa in showing us how to pray. He uses the experience of his monastic community to provide a reliable guide for all Christians to draw closer to God by contemplative prayer." 
— Fr Joseph Koterski, S.J., Professor of Philosophy, Fordham University


Father Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen, O.C.D. (1893 – 1953) was a Carmelite priest and a revered master of the spiritual life. He was an expert in the spiritual and mystical doctrine of St. Teresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross. He is the author of the four volume series published by Ignatius Press, DIVINE INTIMACY, a classic work on prayer and contemplation that offers daily meditations arranged according to the liturgical season.

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