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Beginning The Journey Of Prayer
Don't be frightened by the many things you need to consider in order to begin this divine journey (of prayer). which is the royal road to Heaven. A great treasure is gained by travelling this road; no wonder we have to pay what to us seems a high price. The time will come to when you will understand how trifling everything is next to so precious to a reward.
To those who want to journey on this road and continue until they reach the end, which is to drink from the water of life , I say that how they are to begin is very important-in fact all important. They must a great and very resolute determination to persevere until reaching the end, come what may, happen what may, whatever work is involved, whatever criticism arises, whether they arrive or they die on the road, or even if they don't have courage for the trials that are met, or if the whole world collapses...
Teresa of Ávila
Teresa of Ávila, Carmelite Nun, (1515 – 1582), also called Saint Teresa of Jesus, was who was called to convent life in the Catholic Church. A Carmelite nun, Spanish mystic, religious reformer, author, theologian of the contemplative life, she earned the rare distinction of being declared a Doctor of the Church. Active during the Catholic Reformation, she reformed the Carmelite Orders of both women and men. The movement she initiated was later joined by the younger Spanish Carmelite friar and mystic John of the Cross. Her written contributions, which include her autobiography, The Life of Teresa of Jesus and her seminal work The Interior Castle, are today an integral part of Spanish Renaissance literature together with The Way of Perfection.