Conversation with Christ: The Teachings of St. Teresa of Avila about Personal Prayer

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Saint Teresa of Avila, mystic, Carmelite reformer, and Doctor of the Church, is one of the greatest people to ever walk the face of the Earth—and even one of the greatest saints. Her position as a spiritual master is uncontested, and her method of prayer was simple: nothing but conversation with Christ. Through pursuing sanctity and humility, as well as intensive recollection, we may come to know Him intimately. And He always rewards us more than we deserve.

Written by Fr. Peter Thomas Rohrbach, Conversation with Christ summarizes St. Teresa's masterful approach to meditation succinctly and clearly for the laity. Teresa's approach to mental prayer in intimacy with Our Lord is born of a pure and holy charity developed through a life of submission to the Gospel.  Taking her methods and adapting them for the use of the lay faithful, Fr. Rohrbach offers a powerful summation of the prayer of one who knew our Lord and Savior better than almost anyone—even among the saints.

Born to a pious family in 1515, Teresa grew up fascinated with the faith. A popular anecdote from her youth tells of an impromptu escapade with her brother: they attempted to flee to Africa to be martyred by Moors, only to be brought back from the city walls by their uncle. Teresa later joined the Carmelites at 20, but found their practices to be lacking in austerity. She herself was zealous in mortification and frequently exerted herself to the point of illness. Upon recovery after a particularly long convalescence, she began to experience religious ecstasies, which continued throughout her life. She experienced interior visions (i.e. without sensory manifestation) of Our Lord, levitations, and other graces, including the famous transverberation, where her heart was mystically pierced by a lance borne by a seraph.  But Teresa's principle work in life was to reform the Carmelites; she traveled all about Spain establishing new convents and, with St. John of the Cross, men's monasteries. Throughout all of her reform work, her attitude was joyful, saintly, and profoundly charismatic.


Peter Thomas Rorhbach
TAN Books
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7 Reviews

  • 4
    Overcoming difficulties in praying

    Posted by Patti on Nov 29th 2023

    I need all the help I can get! St. Teresa of Avila is my go-to saint.

  • 5
    Extremely helpful

    Posted by Rosalie on Nov 24th 2023

    Very simple and easy to learn.

  • 5

    Posted by Susan C. on Sep 10th 2022


  • 5
    Conversational with christ

    Posted by Karin L. on Sep 9th 2022

    An excellent book which help on the path into mount Carmel

  • 5
    Havent read yet

    Posted by Shannon M. on Aug 24th 2022

    Book is high quality

  • 5
    Very useful! Definitely recommend this book!

    Posted by Jennifer R. on Aug 22nd 2022

    This book truly aids in refocusing in my mental prayer time. Gives great advice to help your prayer …

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  • 5
    So happy to have found

    Posted by Jeri H. on Aug 21st 2022

    So happy to have found this book! In struggling with how to meditate, this book made very clear the …

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