“The important thing is not to think much, but to love much, and so to do whatever best awakens us to love.” ―St. Teresa of Avila
Journey to the 16th century to discover the fiery passion of Saint Teresa of Avila, one of Christianity’s most inspiring saints. A tireless reformer and the mentor of Saint John of the Cross, Teresa’s greatest legacy is her revelation of ecstatic love for God―a love so powerful that it pierces the heart like a burning sword.
Through illness, hardship, and persecution by the Inquisition, this courageous mystic lit the way with her unquenchable spirit to an “interior castle,” a place of unimaginable beauty and light where no darkness can touch us. Saint Teresa of Avila gives you a direct link to the living presence of this brave and gentle woman, to draw upon her strength in your own times of need.
Mirabai Starr is an adjunct professor of philosophy and world religions at the University of New Mexico-Taos. As a teenager, Starr lived at the Lama Foundation, an intentional spiritual community that has honored all the world’s faith traditions since its inception in 1967. At Lama she encountered many of the leading teachers and timeless traditions of diverse spiritual paths: Hindu, Buddhist, Sufi, Jewish, Christian, and Native American. This ecumenical experience was formative in the universal quality that has infused her work ever since. Starr is best known to readers for her acclaimed translations of Dark Night of the Soul by John of the Cross, and The Interior Castle and The Book of My Life by Teresa of Avila.