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[1] This quotation, with italics added, is taken from The Collected Works of St. John of the Cross, trans. Kieran Kavanaugh and Otilio Rodriguez, rev. ed. (Washington, DC: ICS Publications, 1991), p. 97. In earlier editions it appears as Maxims on Love, #79.

[2] As indicated on p. 6, all quotations from St. Teresa are taken from The Collected Works of St. Teresa of Avila, trans. Kieran Kavanaugh and Otilio Rodriguez, 3 vols. (Washington, DC: ICS Publications, 1976 1985).

[3] We have looked at St. Teresa's notions of mental prayer, vocal prayer, and meditation. This would also be the logical place to present her notion of contemplation, but we have stopped short of that because our primary interest in this article is meditation.

[4] A thorough discussion of Teresian prayer would also need to emphasize its ecclesial, biblical, sacramental, and apostolic dimensions. Here, we simply note that these are all included as aspects of the Christocentric character of Teresian prayer, and in Christ all overlap, to form an existential and incarnational personal stance before God in conjunction with the community of faith.

[5] We are more fortunate than Teresa; in Spain during her lifetime vernacular translations of the Bible were forbidden, and only Latin editions were allowed.

[6] See the article by Thomas Keating, Contemplative Prayer in the Christian Tradition: An Historical Perspective, in Finding Grace at the Center (Petersham, MA: St. Bede s Publications, 1978), pp. 35 47.

[7] Guigo II, The Ladder of Monks and Twelve Meditations, trans. with an introduction by Edmund Colledge and James Walsh (Garden City, NY: Doubleday Image, 1978; reprinted Kalamazoo, MI: Cistercian Publications, 1981).

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