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El Libro de la Vida

by Santa Teresa de Jesus

El Libro de la Vida se redactó en periodos sucesivos y con finalidades distintas, aunque el periodo de redacción definitivo suele situarse entre 1562-1566. La Santa lo escribió por mandato y bajo la dirección de sus confesores, e iba dirigido a un círculo religioso reducido. El Libro comprende hasta sus 50 años de edad y lo escribe durante una de las etapas más difíciles de su vida. En los primeros capítulos Santa Teresa aporta gran cantidad de información autobiográfica sobre su vida familiar, su infancia, y su ingreso en la vida religiosa. A lo largo del libro hay otros episodios de este tipo: sus referencias al Santo fray Pedro de Alcántara, a quien conoció personalmente, y el proceso que le llevó a la fundación del primer monasterio reformado de San José de Avila, se encuentran entre las más memorables. Pero en su mayor parte el Libro de la Vida narra su progreso espiritual y sus vivencias místicas, así como su práctica y concepción de la oración, escrito en su particular estilo analítico y enormemente sincero. Por esto se ha calificado a la obra como “autobiografía introspectiva”. Esta obra, como todos los escritos de la Santa, están entre los más sobresalientes tesoros de la literatura mística de la Iglesia Católica.

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Spanish

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Spanish

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1588

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Teresa of Ávila, born Teresa Sánchez de Cepeda y Ahumada, also called Saint Teresa of Jesus , was a Spanish noblewoman who felt called to convent life in the Catholic Church. A Carmelite...

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