|Teresa Avila 1515-at Alba de Tormes (1582)|
The Spanish Carmelite nun's autobiography provides a perfect entrance point to the world of mental prayer. She begins her story with tales of her childhood in the early 1500s--the death of her mother, how she became a nun, and the hardships of her life including illness and a period of "lukewarmness" during which she ceased to pray. St. Teresa also relates the visiosn and in- structions she recieved form God later in her life.
Video of Joan Osborn singing "Teresa"