Teresian Method

The method of interior prayer articulated by St. Teresa of Jesus for the Discalced Carmel helps cultivate the practice for people at all stages of spiritual development.

  1. Preparation – Humbly acknowledge the presence of God with a lively faith.
  2. Reading – Use Scripture or the writings of the Church and Saints to guide topic and conversation with God.
  3. Meditation – Personally reflect, intellectually and affectively, upon the divine gift or mystery selected for consideration.
  4. Colloquy – Abandon oneself to God in the exercise of love and its manifestation.
  5. Thanksgiving – Give humble gratitude to the Lord for all of the gifts received.
  6. Offering – Moved by loving gratitude, resolve to give something to His Majesty.
  7. Petition – Humbly implore God’s assistance for success in all resolutions and in truly loving.