morning bell: courage to pray – St Teresa of Avila


This new series of Morning Bell is a journey into prayer and the spiritual life with St Teresa of Avila (1515-1582), founder of the Discalced Carmelites, whose life we celebrate each October 15. The sayings in the series are taken from her own account of her story: the Life of Teresa of Jesus. We are particularly moved by St Teresa’s humanity, her courage to continue in prayer throughout  her life, and her increasing sense of prayer as friendship with God.

morning bell: courage to pray, with St Teresa of Avila
morning bell: courage to pray, with St Teresa of Avila

The images for this series of a derelict farmhouse are by photographer and film-maker Jo Dolby – our second collaboration on Morning Bell. For more on Jo’s excellent work go to We hope that you will be encouraged in your own exploration into prayer and stillness. St Teresa is a passionate guide…

Grace and peace to you, Ian

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Unfurling: poems
Unfurling: poems

Ian’s new collection of poems Unfurling is out now in paperback and e-format on Canterbury Press, also via your local bookshop, via Kindle and all usual online sources including Book Depository with free delivery world-wide.

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