Audiobook: Libro de la Vida

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Libro de la Vida

1 - Prologo

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El Libro de la Vida se redact贸 en periodos sucesivos y con finalidades distintas, aunque el periodo de redacci贸n definitivo suele situarse entre 1562-1566. La Santa lo escribi贸 por mandato y bajo la direcci贸n de sus confesores, e iba dirigido a un c铆rculo religioso reducido. El Libro comprende hasta sus 50 a帽os de edad y lo escribe durante una de las etapas m谩s dif铆ciles de su vida. En los primeros cap铆tulos Santa Teresa aporta gran cantidad de informaci贸n autobiogr谩fica sobre su vida familiar, su infancia, y su ingreso en la vida religiosa. A lo largo del libro hay otros episodios de este tipo: sus referencias al Santo fray Pedro de Alc谩ntara, a quien conoci贸 personalmente, y el proceso que le llev贸 a la fundaci贸n del primer monasterio reformado de San Jos茅 de Avila, se encuentran entre las m谩s memorables. Pero en su mayor parte el Libro de la Vida narra su progreso espiritual y sus vivencias m铆sticas, as铆 como su pr谩ctica y concepci贸n de la oraci贸n, escrito en su particular estilo anal铆tico y enormemente sincero. Por esto se ha calificado a la obra como 鈥渁utobiograf铆a introspectiva鈥. Esta obra, como todos los escritos de la Santa, est谩n entre las m谩s sobresalientes tesoros de la literatura m铆stica de la Iglesia Cat贸lica. (Resumen: Marian Mart铆n).

The Autobiography was written in different stages and probably with varying intentions, but the final version was produced in 1562-1566. The Saint wrote it under the direction of her confessors, and it was intended for a small religious circle. The work covers her life until the age of 50, and was written during one of the most difficult periods of her life. In the first chapters Saint Theresa presents a good deal of autobiographic information about her family, her childhood, and how she entered the religious life. Interspersed throughout the book are other episodes of this type: her descriptions of Saint Peter of Alcantara, whom she knew personally, and the process that led to the foundation of the first reformed monastery of Saint Joseph in Avila, are among the most memorable. But for the most part the Autobiography describes her spiritual progress and mystical experiences, as well as her views and practice of prayer, written in her analytical and highly sincere style. For this reason the work has been called 鈥渁n introspective autobiography鈥. It stands, as do all her other works, among the most remarkable treasures of the mystical literature of the Catholic Church. (Summary by Marian Martin)

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