St Teresa of Avila

In 2015, preparation for the Quincentenary of the birth of St Teresa of Avila, Fr Matt kindly provided us with set of study guides for Teresa’s major works: Her Life, the Interior Castle, the Foundations and her Letters.


Each document highlights a particular area which we can use for study and discussion within our groups or simply use for personal formation to deepen our understanding of Teresa’s experience of the spiritual journey.

The Letters

The Book of Her Life

The Book of Her Foundations

The Interior Castle

The Way of Perfection

General material on St Teresa of Avila

St Thérèse of Lisieux 

God Is Greater Than Our Heart: Thérèse of the Child Jesus and prayer
Sr. Aline Eraly, OCD

Deep loneliness and pain – Thérèse of Lisieux

Annette Goulden, OCDS

The relevance of Thérèse of Lisieux in our daily lives, relationships and prayer

Annette Goulden, OCDS

Talks at the Secular Order Annual Retreat 2009, on arrival of the relics of St Thérèse

Fr Matt Blake OCD

Link to Archive of the Carmel of Lisieux. Everything needed to find out more about Thérèse, giving rich insights into her work and the genesis of her thinking.

St John of the Cross

Commentaries on the Living Flame of Love by Fr Tony Cussen:

Prologue and Stanza 1    Stanza 2    Stanza 3    Stanza 4

Introduction to the Living Flame of Love by Fr Iain Matthew

The Dark Night of the Soul: an opportunity for growth and freedom

Elizabeth of the Trinity

Notes from a talk by Roderick Campbell Guion OCDS

Part 1   Part 2    Part 3

A commentary on Elizabeth's 'Prayer to the Trinity'

Edith Stein

Notes from talks by Fr Matt Blake OCD


Edith Stein: Her Life and Teaching

The Science of the Cross

Blessed Marie-Eugene de L'Enfant-Jésus


A 2022 Lent reflection on Blessed Marie-Eugene and baptismal grace by Fr Matt Blake OCD

The Blessed Virgin Mary


Mary, a Woman of Prayer, Fr James McCaffrey OCD

Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Fr Matt Blake OCD

The Annunciation, a 2022 Lent reflection by Fr Matt Blake OCD

St Joseph

A talk given by Fr Matt Blake OCD at our Walsingham pilgrimage in June 2021

(See also the link to the 'Seven Sundays Devotion' under 'Resources on Prayer' below.)

Constitutions and Counsels



Notes from talks by Fr Matt Blake OCD


Constitution No. 6    Constitution No. 9

The Evangelical Counsels


Apostolicam Actuositatem


Notes highlighting the significance for the Secular Order of the Second Vatican Council's
Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity

Resources on Prayer

The Breadth and Depth of Christian Prayer

The transcript of a series of eight talks by Fr Matt Blake OCD, based on St Teresa of Avila’s four stages of prayer (Book of her Life Chapters 11-22).

Links to the original audio files may can be found here.

A short introduction to the Liturgy of the Hours

Praying with St Paul, Fr Matt Blake OCD


The Seven Sundays Devotion to St Joseph with an Introduction by Chantal Roxane Haigh, Community of St Thérèse of the Child Jesus, Oxford

This devotion to St Joseph, involving seven Sundays leading up to his feast day on 19th March, has been written by María Pilar de la Iglesia, a Spanish theologian with a doctorate in Spiritual Theology from the Carmelite Pontifical faculty of the Teresianum in Rome.

Other useful resources


2022 Lent reflections by Fr Matt Blake OCD

2022 Easter Triduum reflections by Fr Matt Blake OCD


A Lent talk by Fr Liam Finnerty OCD

The Suffering Servant

Carmelite Retreat 2021


Transcripts of talks by Father Matt Blake OCD on St John of the Cross and St Teresa of Avila.

Click here for a contents summary with links to each talk.

Advent Retreat 2021
Five talks on Carmelite saints by Fr Matt Blake OCD given as the Advent retreat for the parish of the Carmelite church in Kensington.
Click here for the transcript.