A rich and extensive range of writing by Pedro Poveda was preserved after his death in 1936 and is now being published in an eight volume Critical Edition, of which his collected spiritual writings, Creí por esto hablé (‘I believed, therefore I spoke'), is the first. The texts in this book have been freshly translated into English from that volume. They have been selected to present the key ideas for an understanding of Poveda's project, the Teresian Association, which he founded in 1911. Poveda wanted his collaborators to “know the same things according to the spirit of Christ and the Association”. Those “same things” are his concern here: the identity of the Association and its members, its purpose, the spirit which informs it, its educational and apostolic mission to “bring the good news of education and culture” to the modern world; how it is “a Work for difficult times”. Although these texts are addressed primarily to the members of the Teresian Association, they will also interest those who wish to know Poveda's spirituality, addressing Christians engaged with education and culture in our world.
Preface by Loreto BallesterTranslator's noteThe crucifixTrue humanism: belonging to GodThe spirit of our Teresian WorkUntil Christ is formed in youPrayer, the only strengthWhat is needed for an apostolic lifeYou are the salt of the earthI believed, therefore I spokeLive according to the spiritThe apostolic mission: raison d'êtreSpirit and knowledge: the essence of our AssociationTo students, love for studyPrototype: the early ChristiansThe eloquence of deedsThe present time calls for meeknessSAINT PEDRO POVEDA: BIOGRAPHICAL NOTEINDEX OF BIBLICAL REFERENCESINDEX OF PROPER NAMES AND SUBJECTS