El Libro de la Vida
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The Autobiography was written in different stages and probably with varying intentions, but the final version was produced in 1562-1566. The Saint wrote it under the direction of her confessors, and it was intended for a small religious circle. The work covers her life until the age of 50, and was written during one of the most difficult periods of her life. In the first chapters Saint Theresa presents a good deal of autobiographic information about her family, her childhood, and how she entered the religious life. Interspersed throughout the book are other episodes of this type: her descriptions of Saint Peter of Alcantara, whom she knew personally, and the process that led to the foundation of the first reformed monastery of Saint Joseph in Avila, are among the most memorable. But for the most part the Autobiography describes her spiritual progress and mystical experiences, as well as her views and practice of prayer, written in her analytical and highly sincere style. For this reason the work has been called “an introspective autobiography”. It stands, as do all her other works, among the most remarkable treasures of the mystical literature of the Catholic Church.
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