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Book of the Foundations

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By: (1515-1582)

Book of the Foundations by St. Teresa of Avila is a profound and insightful look into the establishment of new religious houses by the renowned Spanish mystic and saint. In this work, St. Teresa provides a detailed account of her experiences founding convents for the Discalced Carmelite order, offering valuable advice and guidance for those seeking to undertake similar endeavors.

St. Teresa's writing is clear and concise, yet filled with wisdom and spiritual depth. She discusses the practical aspects of establishing a new religious community, such as securing funding, acquiring property, and recruiting new members, as well as the spiritual considerations that are essential for success in such an undertaking.

Throughout the book, St. Teresa shares her own struggles and triumphs in founding new convents, providing a compelling narrative that is both engaging and enlightening. Her insights into the challenges and rewards of religious life are sure to resonate with readers of all backgrounds, offering inspiration and guidance for those who are called to serve God in a similar capacity.

Overall, Book of the Foundations is a valuable resource for anyone interested in the history of religious orders or seeking wisdom from one of the great spiritual figures of the Catholic Church. St. Teresa's words continue to inspire and uplift readers centuries after they were written, making this book a timeless and essential addition to any library.

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Essentially the sequel to The Life of St. Teresa, Teresa recounts the foundations of the Discalced Carmelite monasteries in Spain, both for men and women. This book tells of all the triumphs and troubles, and about the many people who helped her.(Introduction by Ann Boulais)

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