BTP-WP6 Chap 19 The Thirst of the Soul – The Way of Perfection by St. Teresa of Avila – Beginning to Pray w/Dr. Anthony Lilles

Dr. Lilles continues the discussion of the “Living Water”, as well as the nature of “spiritual thirst” and the Woman at the Well as described by St. Teresa of Avila.  We also discuss the danger of spiritual gluttony and envy in prayer.

Begins to treat of prayer. Addresses souls who cannot reason with the understanding.

Saint Teresa Painting Convento de Santa Teresa Avila Castile Spain.


For the audio recordings of  St. Teresa’s “The Way of Perfection” you can visit the Discerning Hearts Spiritual Classics audio page

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The Discerning Hearts “The Way of Perfection with Dr. Anthony Lilless

Anthony Lilles, S.T.D. is an associate professor and the academic dean of Saint John’s Seminary in Camarillo as well as the academic advisor for Juan Diego House of Priestly Formation for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. For over twenty years he served the Church in Northern Colorado where he joined and eventually served as dean of the founding faculty of Saint John Vianney Theological Seminary in Denver. Through the years, clergy, seminarians, religious and lay faithful have benefited from his lectures and retreat conferences on the Carmelite Doctors of the Church and the writings of St. Elisabeth of the Trinity.


1 thought on “BTP-WP6 Chap 19 The Thirst of the Soul – The Way of Perfection by St. Teresa of Avila – Beginning to Pray w/Dr. Anthony Lilles”

  1. I am a Carmelite secular preparing for the Solemnity of St. Teresa of Jesus on October 15th. I have been listening to Dr. Anthony’s commentary on the Way of Perfection which I read and taught in my community for 12 years. Dr. Anthony has renewed my knowledge and love for the writing of St. Teresa in her book The Way of Perfection. This is excellent and I will continue to listen to it. What a blessing and gift from Jesus in this time of preparation and these difficult times in the Catholic Church. Thank you Dr. Anthony. Also a big thanks to Kris and Discerning Hearts.


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