St. Teresa of Ávila’s Guide to Growth

In continuing our discussion on the interior life, Fr. Mark-Mary elaborates on St. Teresa of Ávila and Fr. Thomas Dubay and dives into explaining the conditions for growth in prayer and the interior life.

Today, Fr. Mark-Mary explains the four conditions for growth:

  1. doing the will of God
  2. growth in prayer does not depend on a person’s immediate situation
  3. the spiritual life cannot be reduced to doing the bare minimum
  4. purification

Fr. Mark-Mary goes over each condition in detail and explains what that looks like for different people in different stages of life.

Meet Fr. Mark-Mary

Father Mark-Mary was ordained as a Franciscan Friar of the Renewal (CFR) in 2018 and lives at a friary in the Bronx.

The mission of the CFRs is to wholeheartedly embrace Jesus through fidelity to the Church and her Sacraments. Paired with their commitment to prayer, contemplation, and study of Sacred Scripture, the CFRs serve those around them, especially the poor, in the footsteps of Christ.

Discover beautiful music from the CFRs and Fr. Mark-Mary’s book Habits for Holiness: Small Steps for Spiritual Progressboth available from Ascension.