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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

The Blessed Virgin Mary


Mary, a Woman of Prayer, Fr James McCaffrey OCD


Waiting for the Holy Spirit with  Mary, the Mother of Jesus, Sr Stephanie OCD

St Joseph

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

A talk given by Sr Stephanie OCD at Quidenham Carmelite Monastery on the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, 2021

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

Other useful resources

The Suffering Servant

A Lent talk by Fr Liam Finnerty OCD

Introductory Booklet for Carmelite Formation

A booklet which the Notting Hill Secular Carmelite Community has been printing out and giving to new enquirers, as an introduction to the Order.  It is offered as a possible help to other Directors of Formation.