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By St Teresa Avila
(Teresa de Cepeda y Ahumada, 1515-1582)

As the monasteries got farther apart, Teresa began to write down spiritual directions that she would have given orally if all of her nuns were in one place. She wrote Camino de perfeccion (Way of perfection) in about 1566, to tell the nuns how to reach their goal; she wrote Castillo interior/ Las moradas (Interior castle/ The mansions) by 1580, to tell them about contemplative prayer; she wrote Las Fundaciones (Foundations) from 1573 to 1582, so they would remember the early history of their order. She also wrote for her nuns meditations, prayers, and hymns. To them, as well as to Carmelite friars and to the clerics and laity who were her benefactors, she wrote thousands of letters; of these, over 450 are extant.

By St John of the Cross (1542-1591)
Mystical doctor and founder of the Discalced Carmelites

 

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