I have a friend, who I thought was a Lutheran but I now thinking is becoming almost a fundamental evangelical, who sent me a link about certain people we (Christians) should ‘be aware of’ because of ‘apostasy and heresy’ and one of them was St. Teresa. I thought this was a little odd but I have only recently told her I was going back to the Catholic church and I wondered if this was just a little dig at me.
I e-mailed her and asked what her problem was with St. Teresa, that what I had read of her sounded ok and she replied
if you read her writings, on her type of prayer, it is a “centering prayer” thing, think nothing, repeat or chant, wait for a spirit to speak or enlighten … if you have to pray a prayer of protection before you engage in it, as you do NOT know which spirit it may be, it is not something I will do, or encourage anyone else to either. Prayer is an action between us and our Lord, Christ died to ensure nothing would stand between the Father & us again
She said that even by Catholic standards Teresa is ‘borderline unbiblical’ - is this true? I wouldn’t have thought so, being a saint and Dr. of the Church and all but I haven’t read a book on her as such, just information from Catholic websites and these didn’t go into detail about her ‘contemplative’ side. Can anyone help me out as to how I can refute this?
Just a small thought that occurred to me when I first read her e-mail though - she was saying how we had to be really careful of some preachers and always look back to the bible for confirmation (which of course I agree with) but … why do non-Catholics have a real problem with our use of Church Fathers’ writings and tradition to help our understanding of scripture but have no problem putting their trust into any Tom, Dick or Harry pastor or preacher who may be ‘in vogue’ at the time. **That **I just don’t understand…