Reading as spiritual practice

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I’m deeply encouraged by St Teresa of Avila’s advice in her autobiography, Life, that reading a spiritual book is a good substitute for mental prayer if one finds it hard to pray.

I find that keeping a dedicated mental prayer time can be both the easiest thing in the world, and the hardest, but I can always pick up a book and read. And not infrequently, as St Teresa also found, the reading can turn into praying.

Read the rest at The Catholic Weekly.

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