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BOOK STUDY: Fire Within: Teresa of Avila, John of the Cross, and the Gospel on Prayer
Book Study: “Fire Within: Teresa of Avila, John of the Cross, and the Gospel on Prayer”
Led by, Sue Brinkmann, OCDS
September 18 - December 11
Monday evenings 7:00-8:30pm ET
Jesus said, “I have come to cast fire upon the earth, and how I would that it was already blazing” (Luke 12:49). This “fire” for God was meant to blaze in the hearts of every Christian man and woman, not just nuns and priests in monasteries. In his book, Fire Within, the late Father Thomas Dubay, S.M. carefully explains how all the children of God are designed for mystical prayer and the contemplative life. We were meant to be “filled with the utter fullness of God” (Eph 3:19), to enjoy deep prayer and a lively interior life that will enable us to soar to the heights where we can enjoy the unimaginable gifts God has in store for those who truly love Him.
Fire Within is a brilliant and yet easy-to-understand expose of the Catholic mystical tradition as taught by the great Carmelite Doctors of the Church, St. Teresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross. Father presents the saints’ teachings on the four stages of prayer, the seven mansions of the soul and the two dark nights. He details the conditions for growth, the signs of advancement, how to find freedom in detachment, and to realize the glory of transforming union. Fire Within is a comprehensive look at the contemplative life designed to help us discover how we too can become disposed for this inflowing of divine fullness that will ignite a “fire within” us.
Book must be purchased separately.
Susan Brinkmann, OCDS
Susan Brinkmann, O.C.D.S., is an author and award-winning journalist who is a member of the Third Order of Discalced Carmelites. She serves as the Director of Communications and New Age Research for Women of Grace® and is a frequent guest on EWTN's Women of Grace® television show. Susan formerly worked as a Correspondent for the Catholic Standard & Times, the newspaper for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. For the last 10 years she has been the lead researcher for Women of Grace’s New Age Q&A Blog which is the largest blog of its kind in the world. The library of information now exceeds 1200 entries on everything from acupuncture and angels to wicca and yoga. She has also authored eleven books, including the Learn to Discern Compendium: Is it Christian or New Age, and her latest book, Day by Day in the Little Way: 365 reflections on the Teachings of St. Therese of Lisieux. Along with Johnnette Williams, she co-authored the Young Women of Grace Study Program which teaches girls ages 13+ about what it means to be authentically feminine. The Catholic Guide to Mindfulness, was published by Avila Institute, and her Like a Catholic series, which has imprimaturs from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, was published by the Catholic Life Institute Press. Her national journalism awards include the Bernadine-O'Connor Award for Pro-Life Journalism, the Eileen Egan Journalism Award from Catholic Relief Services, and numerous awards from the Catholic Press Association and the Philadelphia Press Association.