Welcome to the Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction Book Club!
Join us in our world-wide reading and discussion of the most profound treasures of spiritual insights that our Lord offers us in His Church!
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What Are We Currently Reading?
The following was taken from the back of the book:
Teresa of Avila (1515-1582) is one of the world’s most beloved mystics. Her autobiography has enchanted millions of readers through her use of everyday language to describe her quest for union with God.
The Way of Perfection presents Teresa’s approach to incorporating spirituality into everyday life. Using earthy language, Teresa encourages spiritual seekers to engage in a life of prayer and contemplation. In the first half of her book, Teresa speaks to the nuns in her order about the requirements necessary for a life of prayer-mutual love, detachment from self and the world, and humility. In the second half of her book, Teresa meditates on individual sections of the Lord’s prayer, using the Our Father as a means of instructing us in the way of perfect prayer.
Teresa’s luminous mystical classic is enlivened by her passion for an active life of prayer and her down-to-earth suggestions about ways to achieve it. For centuries, readers of Teresa’s work have been inspired to walk the way of perfection.
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What Is The Reading Schedule?
9/2 Week 1 Ch. 1-6 (to be discussed on 9/9)
9/9 Week 2 Ch. 7-12 (to be discussed on 9/16)
9/16 Week 3 Ch. 13-17 (to be discussed on 9/23)
9/23 Week 4 Ch. 18-20 (to be discussed on 9/30)
9/30 Week 5 Ch. 21-25 (to be discussed on 10/7)
10/7 Week 6 Ch. 26-29 (to be discussed on 10/14)
10/14 Week 7 Ch. 30-32 (to be discussed on 10/21)
10/21 Week 8 Ch. 33-36 (to be discussed on 10/28)
10/28 Week 9 Ch. 37-42 (to be discussed on 11/4)
11/4 Week 10 Conclusion
Read more: Previous Book Club Posts
What Will We Be Reading Next?
We’ll begin The Four Cardinal Virtues by Josef Pieper on November 11th.
What is the Upcoming Schedule?
The long term schedule is tentative and subject to change, but the following is a list of books we plan to cover over the next several months:
Books We’ve Read in the Past
Spiritual Combat by Lorenzo Scupoli
Trustful Surrender to Divine Providence by Fr. Jean Baptiste Saint-Jure
Journal of a Soul: The Autobiography of Pope John XXIII
Imitation of Christ by Thomas à Kempis
Navigating the Interior Life by Dan Burke
33 Days to Morning Glory by Fr. Michael Gaitley
The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis
The Secret Diary of Elisabeth Leseur
An Introduction to the Devout Life by Saint Francis de Sales
Interior Freedom by Fr. Jacques Philippe
The Sinner’s Guide by Venerable Louis de Granada
The King of the Golden City by Mother Mary Loyola
Read more: Previous Book Club Posts
Who Should I Talk to If I Have Questions About the Readers or Discussions?
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