A Dream – St. Teresa of Avila

Some years ago, it was mentioned to me that I may like to read St. Teresa of Avila’s autobiographical book, The Book of My Life. I ordered the book and forgot about it. I knew almost nothing about St. Teresa, at that time, not even that she was a Carmelite nun. St. Teresa is an esteemed Catholic mystic and contemplative of the 16th century. Just before I received the book, I had the following dream:

After a certain sequence of events, I went to live in an enclosed Carmelite Order. I saw no one for fifteen years except the other nuns. I was cared for simply and spent all my time in prayer. (Later on, I realised that this was in line with St. Teresa’s preference for monastic life.) It was extremely enjoyable and I became less and less mortal and more and more ethereal. It was a complete and utter pleasure. The feeling in the monastery was exquisitely beautiful. Continue reading “A Dream – St. Teresa of Avila”

Healing Grief

Grieving is commonly experienced in the wake of all sorts of apparent losses, not just death. Every time we feel we have lost something of value, we tend to grieve. We deny it. We bargain to try to make the loss less painful. We get angry. We get depressed. We, sometimes, get sick. And if all goes well, we eventually accept it. This is the human process. The spiritual process, however, takes on a different dimension. Continue reading “Healing Grief”