Fire Within: St. Teresa of Avila, St. John of the Cross, and the Gospel – On Prayer
by Father Thomas Dubay
Fire Within by Father Thomas Dubay, S.M. is a fantastic and engaging work synthesizing and systematizing the thought of St. Teresa of Avila (Teresa of Jesus) and St. John of the Cross on mystical contemplation. One of the more encouraging aspects of this book is the truth that the call to contemplation and the call to deep communion with God is one that is meant for all Christians (as taught by the saints themselves). We highly recommend this book by this well-regarded author and spiritual director, who wrote over 20 books on Catholic spirituality.
We ask you to exercise one caution, though – if you have yet to read more basic works on contemplation and meditation (and their historic definitions and distinctions) you may want to pick up Prayer Primer by the same author and read it first.