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I spent a few days last week on an extremely good Conference: Teresa of Avila 1515 – 2015: Mystical Theology and Spirituality in the Carmelite Tradition organised by the Carmelite Forum, Peter Tyler and Inspire at St Mary’s University, Twickenham. It was, I think, the best Conference I have been on. A wonderful combination of being fed spiritually and intellectually – papers from, among others, Iain Matthew, Gillian Ahlgren, Rowan Williams and James Finley. A good number of Friars and Discalced Sisters were there, and there was a palpable sense of things being underpinned by prayer and centred on the Mass.
You can see videos of some of the talks here on teresaofavila.org
I was able to give a short paper Transforming Love; Wounded Christ: Some Teresian Insights into Estate Ministry, which began to reflect on some of the connections between parish ministry in areas of deprivation and Teresa’s teaching on God and prayer. One very good thing was the sense in the Conference of Teresa’s spirituality being something that looks outwards and is intimately a part of justice and compassion. Some new possibilities for Carmelite spirituality are opening up.
My paper should appear on the website above soon. If you would like a copy, please let me have your email address.
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