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Teresa of vila, born Teresa Snchez de Cepeda y Ahumada, also called Saint Teresa of Jesus (28 March 1515 4 or 15 October 1582), was a Spanish noblewoman who felt called to monastic life in the Catholic Church. A Carmelite nun, prominent Spanish mystic, religious reformer, author, theologian of the contemplative life and mental prayer, she earned the rare distinction of being declared a Doctor of the Church over four centuries after her death. Active during the Catholic Reformation, she reformed the Carmelite Orders of both women and men. The movement she initiated was later joined by the younger Spanish Carmelite friar and mystic, John of the Cross. It led eventually to the establishment of the Discalced Carmelites. A formal papal decree adopting the split was issued in 1580. Teresa, who had been a social celebrity in her home province, was dogged by early family losses and ill health. In her mature years, she became the central figure of a movement of spiritual and monastic renewal borne out of an inner conviction and honed by ascetic practice. She was also at the centre of deep ecclesiastical controversy as she took on the pervasive laxity in her order against the background of the Protestant reformation sweeping over Europe and the Spanish Inquisition asserting church discipline in her home country. The consequences were to last well beyond her life. Forty years after her death, in 1622, Teresa was canonized by Pope Gregory XV. At the time she was considered a candidate for national patron saint of Spain, but lost out to St. James the Apostle. She has since become one of the patron saints of Spain. Her written contributions, which include her autobiography, The Life of Teresa of Jesus and her seminal work The Interior Castle, are today an integral part of Spanish Renaissance literature. Together with The Way of Perfection, her works form part of the literary canon of Christian mysticism and Christian meditation practice, and continue to attract interest from people both within and outside the Catholic Church. However, not until 27 September 1970 did Pope Paul VI proclaim Teresa the first female Doctor of the Church in recognition of her centuries-long spiritual legacy to Catholicism. Other associations with Teresa beyond her writings continue to exert a wide influence. A Santero image of the Immaculate Conception of El Viejo, said to have been sent by her with a brother emigrating to Peru, was canonically crowned by Pope John Paul II on December 28, 1989 at the Shrine of El Viejo in Nicaragua. Another Catholic tradition holds that Saint Teresa is personally associated with devotion to the Infant Jesus of Prague, a statue she may have owned. Since her death, her reputation has grown, leading to multiple portrayals. She continues to be widely noted as an inspiration to philosophers, theologians, historians, neurologists, fiction writers and artists, as well as to countless ordinary people interested in Christian spirituality and mysticism. Speaking to pilgrims from Avila in October 1981, Pope John Paul II said: "It is necessary for the rich legacy left by Teresa of Jesus to be deeply reconsidered so that it can effect a renewal of the inner life of your nation and thereby influence the renewal of life in the entire church in all its aspects. The giant figure of the Great Teresa should act as a strong encouragement in that direction not only on a local or national scale but also on a universal scale".

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1.24_-_Describes_how_vocal_prayer_may_be_practised_with_perfection_and_how_closely_allied_it_is_to_mental_prayer
CHAPTER_25_-_Describes_the_great_gain_which_comes_to_a_soul_when_it_practises_vocal_prayer_perfectly._Shows_how_God_may_raise_it_thence_to_things_supernatural.
CHAPTER_26_-_Continues_the_description_of_a_method_for_recollecting_the
CHAPTER_27_-_Describes_the_great_love_shown_us_by_the_Lord_in_the_first_words
CHAPTER_28_-_Describes_the_nature_of_the_Prayer_of_Recollection_and_sets_down
CHAPTER_29_-_Continues_to_describe_methods_for_achieving_this_Prayer_of
CHAPTER_30_-_Describes_the_importance_of_understanding_what_we_ask_for_in
CHAPTER_31_-_Continues_the_same_subject._Explains_what_is_meant_by_the_Prayer
CHAPTER_32_-_Expounds_these_words_of_the_Paternoster__"Fiat_voluntas_tua_sicut
CHAPTER_33_-_Treats_of_our_great_need_that_the_Lord_should_give_us_what_we
CHAPTER_34_-_Continues_the_same_subject._This_is_very_suitable_for_reading_after
CHAPTER_35_-_Describes_the_recollection_which_should_be_practised_after
CHAPTER_36_-_Treats_of_these_words_in_the_Paternoster__"Dimitte_nobis_debita
CHAPTER_37_-_Describes_the_excellence_of_this_prayer_called_the_Paternoster,
CHAPTER_38_-_Treats_of_the_great_need_which_we_have_to_beseech_the_Eternal
CHAPTER_39_-_Continues_the_same_subject_and_gives_counsels_concerning
CHAPTER_40_-_Describes_how,_by_striving_always_to_walk_in_the_love_and_fear_of
CHAPTER_41_-_Speaks_of_the_fear_of_God_and_of_how_we_must_keep_ourselves
CHAPTER_42_-_Treats_of_these_last_words_of_the_Paternoster__"Sed_libera_nos_a
The_Interior_Castle_or_The_Mansions
The_Way_of_Perfection

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1:I require of you no more than to look. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
2:Don't let your sins turn into bad habits. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
3:Christ has no body now on earth but yours. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
4:My fondness for good books was my salvation. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
5:Anyone who truly loves God travels securely. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
6:The hour I have long wished for is now come. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
7:The best thing must be to flee from all to the All. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
8:The feeling remains that God is on the journey, too. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
9:Never affirm anything unless you are sure it is true. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
10:It is only mercenaries who expect to be paid by the day. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
11:Whoever has God lacks nothing. God alone suffices. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
12:However softly we speak, God is near enough to hear us. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
13:Never do anything which you could not do in the sight of all. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
14:Settle yourself in solitude, and you will come upon God in yourself. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
15:How is it, Lord, that we are cowards in everything save in opposing thee? ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
16:In all created things discern the providence and wisdom of God, and in all things give Him thanks. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
17:We always find that those who walked closest to Christ were those who had to bear the greatest trials. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
18:Let nothing disturb you. Let nothing frighten you. Everything passes away except God. God alone is sufficient. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
19:We can only learn to know ourselves and do what we can - namely, surrender our will and fulfill God's will in us. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
20:Mental prayer is nothing else but being on terms of friendship with God, frequently conversing in secret with Him. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
21:It is of great importance, when we begin to practise prayer, not to let ourselves be frightened by our own thoughts. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
22:Learn to self-conquest, persevere thus for a time, and you will perceive very clearly the advantage which you gain from it. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
23:In light of heaven, the worst suffering on earth will be seen to be no more serious than one night in an inconvenient hotel. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
24:We are always in the presence of God, yet it seems to me that those who pray are in His presence in a very different sense. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
25:When the soul, through its own fault... becomes rooted in a pool of pitch-black, evil smelling water, it produces nothing but misery and filth. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
26:Union is as if in a room there were two large windows through which the light streamed in; it enters in different places but it all becomes one. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
27:Behind each priest, there is a demon fighting for his fall. If we have the language to criticize them, we must have twice as much to pray for them. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
28:Desire to see God, be fearful of losing Him, and find joy in everything that can lead to Him. If you act in this way, you will always live in great peace. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
29:Out of suffering comes the serious mind; out of salvation, the grateful heart; out of endurance, fortitude; out of deliverance faith. Patient endurance attends to all things. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
30:Do you know when people really become spiritual? It is when they become the slaves of God and are branded with His sign, which is the sign of the Cross, in token that they have given Him their freedom. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
31:A beginner must look on himself as one setting out to make a garden for his Lord's pleasure, on most unfruitful soil which abounds in weeds. His Majesty roots up the weeds and will put in good plants instead. Let us reckon that this is already done when the soul decides to practice prayer and has begun to do so. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
32:Before prayer, endeavour to realise Whose Presence you are approaching and to Whom you are about to speak, keeping in mind Whom you are addressing. If our lives were a thousand times as long as they are we should never fully understand how we ought to behave towards God, before Whom the very Angels tremble, Who can do all He wills, and with Whom to wish is to accomplish. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
33:Now let us return to our beautiful and charming castle and discover how to enter it. This appears incongruous: if this castle is the soul, clearly no one can have to enter it, for it is the person himself: one might as well tell some one to go into a room he is already in! There are, however, very different ways of being in this castle; many souls live in the courtyard of the building where the sentinels stand, neither caring to enter farther, nor to know who dwells in that most delightful place, what is in it and what rooms it contains. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila, The Interior Castle ,
34:8. Now let us turn at last to our castle with its many mansions. You must not think of a suite of rooms placed in succession, but fix your eyes on the keep, the court inhabited by the King.23' Like the kernel of the palmito,24' from which several rinds must be removed before coming to the eatable part, this principal chamber is surrounded by many others. However large, magnificent, and spacious you imagine this castle to be, you cannot exaggerate it; the capacity of the soul is beyond all our understanding, and the Sun within this palace enlightens every part of it. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila, The Interior Castle ,
35:10.: I do not know whether I have put this clearly; self-knowledge is of such consequence that I would not have you careless of it, though you may be lifted to heaven in prayer, because while on earth nothing is more needful than humility. Therefore, I repeat, not only a good way, but the best of all ways, is to endeavour to enter first by the room where humility is practised, which is far better than at once rushing on to the others. This is the right road;-if we know how easy and safe it is to walk by it, why ask for wings with which to fly? Let us rather try to learn how to advance quickly. I believe we shall never learn to know ourselves except by endeavouring to know God, for, beholding His greatness we are struck by our own baseness, His purity shows our foulness, and by meditating on His humility we find how very far we are from being humble. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila, The Interior Castle 1.02,

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1:Who God possesseth ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
2:Love draws forth love. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
3:Pain is never permanent. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
4:Love turns work into rest. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
5:Patience obtains everything. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
6:All times are dangerous times. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
7:Truth suffers, but never dies. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
8:Teach by works more than words. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
9:One always goes on as one begins. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
10:God is even kinder than you think. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
11:God, deliver me from sullen saints. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
12:Nothing is small if God accepts it. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
13:After you die, you wear what you are. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
14:Be kind to all and severe to thyself. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
15:Christ moves along the pots and pans. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
16:May God protect me from gloomy saints. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
17:Lord, how Thou dost afflict Thy lovers! ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
18:From moment to moment one can bear much. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
19:Patient endurance attends to all things. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
20:Be gentle to all and stern with yourself. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
21:Don't let your sins turn into bad habits. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
22:Christ has no body now on earth but yours. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
23:He who has God finds he is lacking nothing. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
24:Thank God for the things that I do not own. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
25:Anyone who truly loves God travels securely. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
26:Patient endurance / Attaineth to all things. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
27:The hour I have long wished for is now come. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
28:Happy the heart where love has come to birth. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
29:Life is a night spent in an uncomfortable inn. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
30:Let thy words be few when in the midst of many. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
31:Prayer is an act of love. Words are not needed. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
32:It is love alone that gives worth to all things. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
33:Whoever has God lacks nothing. God alone suffices. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
34:If you fall sometimes, you must not be discouraged. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
35:Spirit is the life of God within us” (Saint Teresa of Avila) ~ Wayne W Dyer,
36:The best thing must be to flee from all to the All. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
37:The feeling remains that God is on the journey, too. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
38:It is not so essential to think much as to love much. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
39:Let us live in such a way as not to be afraid to die. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
40:Never affirm anything unless you are sure it is true. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
41:Praised be the Lord, who has redeemed me from myself. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
42:For pity's sake, don't start meeting troubles halfway. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
43:All things pass... Patience attains all it strives for. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
44:However softly we speak, God is near enough to hear us. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
45:It is a dangerous thing to be satisfied with ourselves. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
46:You pay God a compliment by asking great things of Him. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
47:Every part of the journey is of importance to the whole. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
48:It is only mercenaries who expect to be paid by the day. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
49:Trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
50:The closer one approaches to God, the simpler one becomes. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
51:Be gentle and kind with every one, and severe with yourself. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
52:Life is to life in such a way that we are not afraid to die. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
53:Never exaggerate, but express your feelings with moderation. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
54:God prefers your health, and your obedience, to your penance. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
55:Hope, O my soul, hope. You know neither the day nor the hour. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
56:Never do anything which you could not do in the sight of all. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
57:It is the nature of love to work in a thousand different ways. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
58:Love makes labour light. Love alone gives value to all things. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
59:Never compare one person with another: comparisons are odious. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
60:Oh, how everything that is suffered with love is healed again! ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
61:How poor is the wisdom of men, and how uncertain their forecast! ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
62:Prayer is a friendly conversation with the One we know loves us. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
63:Any real ecstasy is a sign you are moving in the right direction. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
64:Alas, O Lord, to what a state dost Thou bring those who love Thee! ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
65:What peace can we hope to find elsewhere if we have none within us ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
66:Settle yourself in solitude, and you will come upon God in yourself. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
67:If this is the way You treat Your friends, no wonder You have so few! ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
68:To have courage for whatever comes in life - everything lies in that. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
69:All the trials we endure cannot be compared to these interior battles. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
70:For prayer is nothing else than being on terms of friendship with God. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
71:The life of the spirit is not our life, but the life of God within us. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
72:From silly devotions and from sour-faced saints, good Lord, deliver us. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
73:To want to become angels while we are still on earth ... is ridiculous. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
74:A slight failing in one virtue is enough to put all the others to sleep. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
75:God has no hands or feet or voice except ours and through these He works. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
76:How is it, Lord, that we are cowards in everything save in opposing thee? ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
77:Jacob did not cease to be a Saint because he had to attend to his flocks. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
78:Let us remember that within us there is a palace of immense magnificence. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
79:All things must come to the soul from its roots, from where it is planted. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
80:God aids the valiant...both to you and to me He will give the help needed. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
81:Holy church-that mother who is also a queen because she is a king's bride. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
82:The tree that is beside the running water is fresher and gives more fruit. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
83:Blessed be He, Who came into the world for no other purpose than to suffer. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
84:I know the power obedience has of making things easy which seem impossible. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
85:Souls who do not practice prayer are like people whose limbs are paralyzed. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
86:I would never want any prayer that would not make the virtues grow within me. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
87:There are more tears shed over answered prayers than over unanswered prayers. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
88:What a great favor God does to those He places in the company of good people! ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
89:The life of prayer is just love to God, and the custom of being ever with Him. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
90:When we accept what happens to us and make the best of it, we are praising God. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
91:But the fact is, things always seem to come slowly when you are longing for them. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
92:To wish to act like angels while we are still in this world is nothing but folly. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
93:I made you, dear, and all I make is perfect. Please come close, for I desire you. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
94:If we practice love of neighbor with great perfection, we will have done everything. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
95:Our soul can find in the Blessed Sacrament all the joys and consolations it desires. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
96:People in the world pay little heed to reason where their own interests are involved. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
97:Do not think you have gained a virtue unless you have first been tried by its opposite. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
98:It constantly happens that the Lord permits a soul to fall so that it may grow humbler. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
99:May I not come before You with empty hands, since we are rewarded according to our deeds. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
100:There was the torture of sermons, and that not a slight one, for I was very fond of them. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
101:Those who in fact risk all for God will find that they have both lost all and gained all. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
102:Whenever conscience commands anything, there is only one thing to fear, and that is fear. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
103:We need no wings to go in search of Him, but have only to look upon Him present within us. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
104:To reach something good it is very useful to have gone astray, and thus acquire experience. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
105:How friendly we should all be with one another if nobody were interested in money and honor. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
106:Accustom yourself continually to make many acts of love, for they enkindle and melt the soul. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
107:It is true that we cannot be free from sin, but at least let our sins not always be the same. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
108:Let nothing disturb you, / Nothing dismay you; / All things are passing: / God never changes. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
109:Strive to close the eyes of the body and open those of the soul and look into your own heart. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
110:Untilled ground, however rich, will bring forth thistles and thorns; so also the mind of man. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
111:Souls without prayer are like bodies, palsied and lame, having hands and feet they cannot use. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
112:Do you think it is only a little thing to possess a house from which lovely things can be seen? ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
113:From heaven even the most miserable life will look like one bad night at an inconvenient hotel. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
114:How often I failed in my duty to God, because I was not leaning on the strong pillar of prayer. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
115:The same know contentment, for beauty is their lover, and beauty is never absent from this world. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
116:Don't be curious of matters that don't concern you; never speak of them, and don't ask about them. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
117:Do you suppose that God has any need of our works? What God needs is the resoluteness of our will. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
118:I am afraid that if we begin to put our trust in human help, some of our Divine help will fail us. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
119:In all created things discern the providence and wisdom of God, and in all things give Him thanks. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
120:No one should think or say anything of another which he would not wish thought or said of himself. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
121:Untilled soil, however fertile it may be, will bear thistles and thorns; so it is with man's mind. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
122:I only wish I could write with both hands, so as not to forget one thing while I am saying another. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
123:Patience attains All that it strives for. He who has God Finds he lacks nothing: God alone suffices. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
124:What a miserable life is this! There is no happiness that is secure and nothing that does not change. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
125:We always find that those who walked closest to Christ were those who had to bear the greatest trials. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
126:If you seek to carry no other crosses but those whose reason you understand, perfection is not for you. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
127:The important thing is not to think much but to love much; do, then, whatever most arouses you to love. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
128:You ought to make every effort to free yourselves even from venial sin, and to do what is most perfect. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
129:[On her father:] ... in losing him I lost my greatest blessing and comfort, for he was always that to me. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
130:Lord, how you afflict your lovers! But everything is small in comparison to what you give them afterwards. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
131:About the injunction of the Apostle Paul that women should keep silent in church? Don't go by one text only. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
132:It is a great folly to be willing to violate the friendship of God, rather than the law of human friendship. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
133:There is more security in self-denial, mortification, and other like virtues, than in an abundance of tears. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
134:A soul which gives itself to prayer, either much or little, should on no account be kept within narrow bounds. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
135:Humility must always be doing its work like a bee making honey in the hive: without humility all will be lost. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
136:Let nothing disturb you. Let nothing frighten you. Everything passes away except God. God alone is sufficient. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
137:Our body has this defect that, the more it is provided care and comforts, the more needs and desires it finds. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
138:That is how His Majesty [the Lord] rewards our good works---I mean, by predisposing us to perform better ones. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
139:I have always had this failing - that I cannot explain myself, as I have said, except at the cost of many words. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
140:It is not a matter of thinking a great deal but of loving a great deal, so do whatever arouses you most to love. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
141:We can only learn to know ourselves and do what we can - namely, surrender our will and fulfill God's will in us. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
142:In the presence of Jesus in the Holy Sacrament we ought to be like the Blessed in heaven before the Divine Essence ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
143:Mental prayer is nothing else but being on terms of friendship with God, frequently conversing in secret with Him. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
144:There seem to me a great many blessings which come from true poverty and I should be sorry to be deprived of them. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
145:However much we do to avoid them, we shall never lack crosses in this life if we are in the ranks of the Crucified. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
146:I am really much more afraid of those people who have so great a fear of the devil, than I am of the devil himself. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
147:There is more value in a little study of humility and in a single act of it than in all the knowledge in the world. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
148:I am quite sure I am more afraid of people who are themselves terrified of the devil than I am of the devil himself. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
149:It is no small misfortune and disgrace that, through our own fault, we neither understand our nature nor our origin. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
150:It is of great importance, when we begin to practise prayer, not to let ourselves be frightened by our own thoughts. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
151:God never changes; Patient endurance Attains to all things; Who God possesses In nothing is wanting; Alone God suffices. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
152:It will be as well, I think, to explain these locutions of God, and to describe what the soul feels when it receives them. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
153:All blessings come to us through our Lord. He will teach us, for in beholding His life we find that He is the best example. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
154:Learn to self-conquest, persevere thus for a time, and you will perceive very clearly the advantage which you gain from it. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
155:We are always in the presence of God, yet it seems to me that those who pray are in His presence in a very different sense. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
156:God deliver me from people who are so spiritual that they want to turn everything into perfect contemplation, come what may. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
157:In light of heaven, the worst suffering on earth will be seen to be no more serious than one night in an inconvenient hotel. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
158:With all this wide and beautiful creation before me, the restless soul longs to enjoy its liberty and rest beyond its bound. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
159:Seldom or never is a poor man honored by the world; however worthy of honor he may be, he is apt rather to be despised by it. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
160:Let nothing disturb thee; Let nothing dismay thee; All things pass; God never changes. Patience attains All that it strives for. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
161:Prayer is an act of love; words are not needed. Even if sickness distracts from thoughts, all that is needed is the will to love. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
162:If God should desire to raise us to the position of one who is an intimate and shares his secrets, we ought to accept this gladly. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
163:To argue over who is the more noble is nothing more than to dispute whether dirt is better for making bricks or for making mortar. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
164:Consider seriously how quickly people change, and how little trust is to be had in them; and hold fast to God, Who does not change. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
165:Suffering is a great favor. Remember that everything soon comes to an end . . . and take courage. Think of how our gain is eternal. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
166:Humility, however deep it be, neither disquiets nor troubles nor disturbs the soul; it is accompanied by peace, joy and tranquillity. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
167:What friends or kindred can be so close and intimate as the powers of our soul, which, whether we will or no, must ever bear us company? ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
168:What value is there in faith without works? And what are they worth if they are not united to the merits of Jesus Christ, our only good? ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
169:I often thought my constitution would never endure the work I had to do, (but) the Lord said to me: 'Daughter, obedience gives strength.' ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
170:The saints rejoiced at injuries and persecutions, because in forgiving them they had something to present to God when they prayed to Him. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
171:How friendly all men would be one with another, if no regard were paid to honour and money! I believe it would be a remedy for everything. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
172:His Majesty [the Lord] . . . rewards great services with trials, and there can be no better reward, for out of trials springs love for God. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
173:Hope, O my soul, hope. Watch carefully, for everything passes quickly, even though your impatience turns a very short time into a long one. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
174:True perfection consists in the love of God and our neighbour, and the better we keep both these commandments, the more perfect we shall be. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
175:Always think of yourself as everyone's servant; look for Christ Our Lord in everyone and you will then have respect and reverence for them all. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
176:When the soul, through its own fault... becomes rooted in a pool of pitch-black, evil smelling water, it produces nothing but misery and filth. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
177:I fully realize that this gratitude of mine is not in the least a sign of perfection: it must be my nature - I could be suborned with a sardine. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
178:Union is as if in a room there were two large windows through which the light streamed in; it enters in different places but it all becomes one. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
179:True love grows by sacrifice and the more thoroughly the soul rejects natural satisfaction the stronger and more detached its tenderness becomes. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
180:There is no affliction, trial, or labor difficult to endure, when we consider the torments and sufferings which Our Lord Jesus Christ endured for us. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
181:Oh, my Lord! How true it is that whoever works for you is paid in troubles! And what a precious price to those who love you if we understand its value. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
182:We may speak of love and humility as the true flowers of spiritual growth; and they give off a wonderful scent, which benefits all those who come near. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
183:Desire to see God, be fearful of losing Him, and find joy in everything that can lead to Him. If you act in this way, you will always live in great peace. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
184:It is impossible for human tongue to exaggerate the riches which a vision from God brings to the soul: it even bestows health and refreshment on the body. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
185:Christ does not force our will, He only takes what we give Him. But He does not give Himself entirely until He sees that we yield ourselves entirely to Him. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
186:In order that love be fully satisfied, It is necessary that It lower Itself and that It lower Itself to nothingness and transform this nothingness into fire. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
187:Let nothing disturb thee, let nothing affright thee. All things are passing. Patience obtains all things. He who has God has everything - God alone suffices. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
188:So dearly does His Majesty love us that He will reward our love for our neighbor by increasing the love which we bear to Himself, and that in a thousand ways. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
189:This body of ours has one fault: the more you indulge it, the more things it discovers to be essential to it. It is extraordinary how it likes being indulged. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
190:How is it that there are not many who are led by sermons to forsake open sin? Do you know what I think? That is because preachers have too much worldly wisdom. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
191:I don't know what heavy penance could have come to mind that frequently I would not have gladly undertaken rather than recollect myself in the practice of prayer. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
192:Let there be no disappointment when obedience keeps you busy in outward tasks. If it sends you to the kitchen, remember that the Lord walks among the pots and pans. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
193:Don't imagine that, if you had a great deal of time, you would spend more of it in prayer. Get rid of that idea; it is no hindrance to prayer to spend your time well. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
194:Let us consider the glorious Saint Paul: it seems that no other name fell from his lips than that of Jesus, because the name of Jesus was fixed and embedded in his heart. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
195:Whoever has not begun the practice of prayer, I beg for the love of the Lord not to go without so great a good. There is nothing here to fear but only something to desire. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
196:Let us consider what the glorious Virgin endured, and what the holy apostles suffered, and we shall find that they who were nearest to Jesus Christ were the most afflicted. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
197:I thought of the soul as resembling a castle, formed of a single diamond or a very transparent crystal, and containing many rooms, just as in Heaven there are many mansions. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
198:Much more is accomplished by a single word of the Our Father said, now and then, from our heart, than by the whole prayer repeated many times in haste and without attention. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
199:Each of us has a soul, but we forget to value it. We don't remember that we are creatures made in the image of God. We don't understand the great secrets hidden inside of us. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
200:Everything seems to me to pass so quickly that we must concentrate on how to die rather than on how to live. How sweet it is to die if one has lived on the Cross with Christ. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
201:It is a most certain truth, that the richer we see ourselves to be, confessing at the same time our poverty, the greater will be our progress, and the more real our humility. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
202:Out of suffering comes the serious mind; out of salvation, the grateful heart; out of endurance, fortitude; out of deliverance faith. Patient endurance attends to all things. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
203:If Christ Jesus dwells in a man as his friend and noble leader, that man can endure all things, for Christ helps and strengthens us and never abandons us. He is a true friend. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
204:I had a father and mother, who were devout and feared God. Our Lord also helped me with His grace. All this would have been enough to make me good, if I had not been so wicked. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
205:Christ has no body now but mine. He prays in me, works in me, looks through my eyes, speaks through my words, works through my hands, walks with my feet and loves with my heart. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
206:I am quite sure that if we could but once approach the Most Holy Sacrament with great faith and love, it would suffice to make us rich. How much more so if we approach it often! ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
207:[Last words:] My Lord, it is time to move on. Well then, may your will be done. O my Lord and my Spouse, the hour that I have longed for has come. It is time to meet one another. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
208:Discontent with this world gives such a painful longing to quit it that, if the heart finds comfort, it is solely from the thought that God wishes it to remain here in banishment. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
209:Contemplative prayer [oración mental] in my opinion is nothing else than a close sharing between friends; it means taking time frequently to be alone with him who we know loves us. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
210:Let him never cease from prayer who has once begun it, be his life ever so wicked; for prayer is the way to amend it, and without prayer such amendment will be much more difficult. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
211:Remember that you have only one soul; that you have only one death to die; that you have only one life. . . . If you do this, there will be many things about which you care nothing. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
212:We should blush for shame to show so much resentment at what is done or said against us, knowing that so many injuries and affronts have been offered to our Redeemer and the saints. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
213:Let nothing Disturb you, Let nothing frighten you, Though all things pass, God does not change. Patience wins all things. But he lacks nothing who possesses God; For God alone suffices. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
214:Our greatest gain is to lose the wealth that is of such brief duration and, by comparison with eternal things, of such little worth; yet we get upset about it and our gain turns to loss. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
215:If we learn to love the earth, we will find labyrinths, gardens, fountains and precious jewels! A whole new world will open itself to us. We will discover what it means to be truly alive. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
216:Dream that the more you struggle, the more you prove the love that you bear your God, and the more you will rejoice one day with your Beloved, in a happiness and rapture that can never end. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
217:May nothing wind you up, nothing affright you; everything comes and goes. God, still, just there; through patience all will be achieved. If you have God, you lack nothing: God alone will do. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
218:God has been very good to me, for I never dwell upon anything wrong which a person has done, so as to remember it afterwards. If I do remember it, I always see some other virtue in that person. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
219:In order to profit from this path [of prayer] and ascend to the dwelling places we desire, the important thing is not to think much but to love much; and so, do that which best stirs you to love. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
220:All the troubles of the Church, all the evils in the world, flow from this source: that men do not by clear and sound knowledge and serious consideration penetrate into the truths of Sacred Scripture. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
221:Do you know when people really become spiritual? It is when they become the slaves of God and are branded with His sign, which is the sign of the Cross, in token that they have given Him their freedom. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
222:God gave us faculties for our use; each of them will receive its proper reward. Then do not let us try to charm them to sleep, but permit them to do their work until divinely called to something higher. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
223:Ah, how true it is that we love ourselves too much and proceed with too much human prudence, that we may not lose an atom of our consideration! Oh, what a great mistake that is! The Saints did not act thus. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
224:While the soul is in mortal sin, nothing can profit it; none of its good works merit an eternal reward, since they do not proceed from God as their first principle, and by Him alone is our virtue real virtue. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
225:As God's beloved, I live in the bliss knowing that my soul is never separated from Him, for I learn to know Her in all that I see. God dissolved my mind-my separation. I cannot describe now my intimacy with Him. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
226:Those seeking the life of the spirit should be cheerful and free, and not neglect recreation. Married people must act in conformity with their vocation--but their progress will of necessity be but the pace of a hen. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
227:To converse with You, O King of glory, no third person is needed, You are always ready in the Sacrament of the Altar to give audience to all. All who desire You always find You there, and converse with You face to face ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
228:O my God, what must a soul be like when it is in this state! It longs to be all one tongue with which to praise the Lord. It utters a thousand pious follies, in a continuous endeavor to please Him who thus possesses it. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
229:Our souls may lose their peace and even disturb other people's, if we are always criticizing trivial actions - which often are not real defects at all, but we construe them wrongly through our ignorance of their motives. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
230:In a state of grace, the soul is like a well of limpid water, from which flow only streams of clearest crystal. Its works are pleasing both to God and man, rising from the River of Life, beside which it is rooted like a tree. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
231:We bloomed in Spring. Our bodies are the leaves of God. The apparent seasons of life and death our eyes can suffer; but our souls, dear, I will just say this forthright: they are God Himself, we will never perish until He does. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
232:It is certain that the love of God does not consist in this sweetness and tenderness which we for the most part desire; but rather in serving Him in justice, fortitude, and humility. His Majesty seeks and loves courageous souls. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
233:Let us look at our own faults, and not other people's. We ought not to insist on everyone following in our footsteps, nor to take upon ourselves to give instructions in spirituality when, perhaps, we do not even know what it is. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
234:Vocal prayer . . . must be accompanied by reflection. A prayer in which a person is not aware of Whom he is speaking to, what he is asking, who it is who is asking and of Whom, I don't call prayer-however much the lips may move. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
235:The more we see that any action springs not from the motive of obedience, the more evident is it that it is a temptation of the enemy; for when God sends an inspiration, the very first effect of it is to infuse a spirit of docility. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
236:It is here, my daughters, that love is to be found - not hidden away in corners but in the midst of occasions of sin. And believe me, although we may more often fail and commit small lapses, our gain will be incomparably the greater. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
237:If we plant a flower or a shrub and water it daily it will grow so tall that in time we shall need a spade and a hoe to uproot it. It is just so, I think, when we commit a fault, however small, each day, and do not cure ourselves of it. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
238:It should be observed that perfect love of God consists not in those delights, tears and sentiments of devotion that we generally seek, but in a strong determination and keen desire to please God in all things, and to promote His glory. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
239:Nothing can be compared to the great beauty and capabilities of a soul; however keen our intellects may be, they are as unable to comprehend them as to comprehend God, for, as He has told us, He created us in His own image and likeness. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
240:If I were to give advice, I would say to parents that they ought to be very careful whom they allow to mix with their children when young; for much mischief thence ensues, and our natural inclinations are unto evil rather than unto good. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
241:We shall never learn to know ourselves except by endeavoring to know God; for, beholding His greatness we realize our own littleness; His purity shows us our foulness; and by meditating upon His humility we find how very far we are from being humble. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
242:Humility does not disturb or disquiet or agitate, however great it may be; it comes with peace, delight, and calm. . . . The pain of genuine humility doesn't agitate or afflict the soul; rather, this humility expands it and enables it to serve God more. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
243:The surest way to determine whether one possesses the love of God is to see whether he or she loves his or her neighbor. These two loves are never separated. Rest assured, the more you progress in love of neighbor the more your love of God will increase. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
244:They deceive themselves who believe that union with God consists in ecstasies or raptures, and in the enjoyment of Him. For it consists in nothing except the surrender and subjection of our will - with our thoughts, words and actions - to the will of God. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
245:I had many friends to help me to fall; but as to rising again, I was so much left to myself, that I wonder now I was not always on the ground. I praise God for His mercy; for it was He only Who stretched out His hand to me. May He be blessed for ever! Amen. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
246:Christ has no body now on earth but yours, no hands, no feet but yours. Yours are the eyes with which Christ looks out his compassion to the world. Yours are the feet with which he is to go about doing good. Yours are the hands with which he is to bless us now. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
247:We cannot be sure if we are loving God, although we may have good reasons for believing that we are, but we can know quite well if we are loving our neighbor. And be certain that, the farther advanced you find you are in this, the greater the love you will have for God. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
248:For, as I said a little way back, perfect souls are in no way repelled by trials, but rather desire them and pray for them and love them. They are like soldiers: the more wars there are, the better they are pleased, because they hope to emerge from them with the greater riches. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
249:One must not think that a person who is suffering is not praying. He is offering up his sufferings to God, and many a time he is praying much more truly than one who goes away by himself and meditates his head off, and, if he has squeezed out a few tears, thinks that is prayer. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
250:As to the aridity you are suffering from, it seems to me our Lord is treating you like someone He considers strong: He wants to test you and see if you love Him as much at times of aridity as when He sends you consolations. I think this is a very great favor for God to show you. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
251:Granting that we are always in the presence of God, yet it seems to me that those who pray are in His presence in a very different sense; for they, as it were, see that He is looking upon them, while others may go for days on end without even once recollecting that God sees them. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
252:The most potent and acceptable prayer is the prayer that leaves the best effects. I don't mean it must immediately fill the soul with desire . . . The best effects are those that are followed up by actions-when the soul not only desires the honor of God, but really strives for it. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
253:The true penance comes when God takes away the soul's health and strength for doing penance. Even though I have mentioned elsewhere the great pain this lack causes, the pain is much more intense here. All these things must come to the soul from its roots, from where it is planted. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
254:I have often thought with wonder of the great goodness of God; and my soul has rejoiced in the contemplation of His great magnificence and mercy. May He be blessed for ever! For I see clearly that He has not omitted to reward me, even in this life, for every one of my good desires. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
255:I was living an extremely burdensome life, because every time I prayed, I became more clearly aware of my faults. On the one hand, God was calling me. On the other, I was following the way of the world. Doing what God wanted made me happy; but I felt bound by the things of this world. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
256:My good works, however wretched and imperfect, have been made better and perfected by Him Who is my Lord: He has rendered them meritorious. As to my evil deeds and my sins, He hid them at once. The eyes of those who saw them, He made even blind; and He has blotted them out of their memory. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
257:If I should say anything that is not in conformity with what is held by the Holy Roman Catholic Church, it will be through ignorance and not through malice. This may be taken as certain, and also that, through God's goodness, I am, and shall always be, as I always have been, subject to her. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
258:Christ has no body on earth but yours, no hands but yours, no feet but yours. Yours are the eyes through which Christ’s compassion for the world is to look out; yours are the feet with which He is to go about doing good; and yours are the hands with which He is to bless us now. SAINT TERESA OF AVILA ~ Shawn Smucker,
259:The devil put before me that I could not endure the trials of the religious life, because of my delicate nurture. I defended myself against him by alleging the trials which Christ endured, and that it was not much for me to suffer something for His sake; besides, He would help me to bear it. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
260:How is it that we do not die of love in seeing that God Himself could do no more than shed His divine blood for us drop by drop? When as man He was preparing for death, He made Himself our food in order to give us life. God becomes food, bread for his creatures. Is this not enough to make us die of love? ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
261:Those who give themselves to prayer should in a special manner have always a devotion to St. Joseph; for I know not how any man can think of the Queen of the angels, during the time that she suffered so much with the Infant Jesus, without giving thanks to St. Joseph for the services he rendered them then. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
262:Anyone who has the habit of speaking before God's majesty as if he were speaking to a slave, careless about how he is speaking, and saying whatever comes into his head and whatever he's learned from saying prayers at other times, in my opinion is not praying. Please, God, may no Christian pray in this way. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
263:The custom of speaking to God Almighty as freely as with a slave - caring nothing whether the words are suitable or not, but simply saying the first thing that comes to mind from being learnt by rote by frequent repetition - cannot be called prayer: God grant that no Christian may address Him in this manner. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
264:Her heart is full of joy with love, for in the Lord her mind is stilled. She has renounced every selfish attachment and draws abiding joy and strength from the One within. She lives not for herself, but lives to serve the Lord of Love in all, and swims across the sea of life breasting its rough waves joyfully. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
265:Whenever we think of Christ, we should recall the love that led Him to bestow on us so many graces and favors, and also the great love God showed in giving us in Christ a pledge of His love; for love calls for love in return. Let us strive to keep this always before our eyes and to rouse ourselves to love Him. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
266:A beginner must look on himself as one setting out to make a garden for his Lord's pleasure, on most unfruitful soil which abounds in weeds. His Majesty roots up the weeds and will put in good plants instead. Let us reckon that this is already done when the soul decides to practice prayer and has begun to do so. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
267:Keep this in mind, for it is very important advice, so do not neglect it until you find you have such a fixed determination not to offend the Lord that you would rather lose a thousand lives and be persecuted by the whole world, than commit one mortal sin, and until you are most careful not to commit venial sins. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
268:The words are very distinctly formed; but by the bodily ear they are not heard. They are, however, much more clearly understood than they would be if they were heard by the ear. It is impossible not to understand them, whatever resistance we may offer... There is no escape, for in spite of ourselves we must listen... ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
269:What misery to live in this world! We are like men whose enemies are at the door, who must not lay aside their arms, even while sleeping or eating, and are always in dread lest the foe should enter the fortress by some breach in the walls. O my Lord and my all! How canst thou wish us to prize such a wretched existence? ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
270:Mental prayer in my opinion is nothing else than an intimate sharing between friends; it means taking time frequently to be alone with Him who we know loves us. The important thing is not to think much but to love much and so do that which best stirs you to love. Love is not great delight but desire to please God in everything. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
271:My father was a man of great charity towards the poor, and compassion for the sick, and also for servants; so much so, that he never could be persuaded to keep slaves, for he pitied them so much: and a slave belonging to one of his brothers being once in his house, was treated by him with as much tenderness as his own children. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
272:If we do not use great care to mortify our will, there are many things which can deprives us of the holy freedom of spirit that we are seeking in order to fly more freely to our Creator, without always being bogged down with the clay of this earth. Moreover, there can never be solid virtue in a soul that is attached to its own will. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
273:When I took the habit, the Lord immediately showed me how He favours those who do violence to themselves in order to serve Him. No one saw what I endured... At the moment of my entrance into this new state I felt a joy so great that it has never failed me even to this day; and God converted the dryness of my soul into a very great tenderness. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
274:I once heard a spiritual man say that he was not so much astonished at the things done by a soul in mortal sin as at the things not done by it. May God, in his mercy, deliver us from such great evil, for there is nothing in the whole of our lives that so thoroughly deserves to be called evil as this, since it brings endless and eternal evils in its train. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
275:We know only that we are living in these bodies and have a vague idea, because we have heard it, and because our faith tells us so, that we possess souls. As to what good qualities there may be in our souls, or who dwells within them, or how precious they are, those are things which seldom consider and so we trouble little about carefully preserving the soul's beauty. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
276:Christ has no body now but yours. No hands, no feet on earth but yours. Yours are the eyes through which he looks compassion on this world. Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good. Yours are the hands through which he blesses all the world. Yours are the hands, yours are the feet, yours are the eyes, you are his body. Christ has no body now on earth but yours. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
277:Before prayer, endeavour to realise Whose Presence you are approaching and to Whom you are about to speak, keeping in mind Whom you are addressing. If our lives were a thousand times as long as they are we should never fully understand how we ought to behave towards God, before Whom the very Angels tremble, Who can do all He wills, and with Whom to wish is to accomplish. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
278:Let him never cease from prayer, who has once begun to pray, even though his life is ever so bad. For prayer is the only way to amend one's life and without prayer it will never be mended. Let him not be tempted of the devil, as I was, to give up prayer on account of one's unworthiness. Let such a one rather believe that if he will only repent and pray, our Lord will still hear and answer. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
279:Do not be dismayed, daughters, at the number of things that you have to consider before setting out on this divine journey, which is the royal road to heaven. By taking this road we gain such precious treasures that it is no wonder if the cost seems to us a high one. The time will come when we shall realize that all we have paid has been nothing at all by comparison with the greatness of our prizes. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
280:I say the same of humility and of all the virtues; the wiles of the devil are terrible, he will run a thousand times round hell if by so doing he can make us believe that we have a single virtue which we have not. And he is right, for such ideas are very harmful, and such imaginary virtues, when they come from this source, are never unaccompanied by vainglory; just as those which God gives are free both from this and from pride. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
281:We cannot know whether we love God, although there may be strong reason for thinking so; but there can be no doubt about whether we love our neighbor or not. Be sure that, in proportion as you advance in fraternal charity, you are increasing your love of God, for His Majesty bears so tender an affection for us that I cannot doubt He will repay our love for others by augmenting, and in a thousand different ways, that which we bear for Him. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
282:His Majesty knows best what is suitable for us. There's no need for us to be advising Him about what He should give us, for He can rightly tell us that we don't know what we're asking for (cf. Mt. 20:22). The whole aim of any person who is beginning prayer ? and don't forget this, because it's very important ? should be that he work and prepare himself with determination and every possible effort to bring his will into conformity with God's will. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
283:Half-instructed confessors have done my soul great harm; for I could not always have such learned ones as I would have desired. They certainly did not wish to deceive me, but the fact was that they knew no better. Of something which was a venial sin, they said it was no sin, and out of a very grave mortal sin they made a venial sin. This has done me such harm, that my speaking here of so great an evil, as a warning to others, will be readily understood. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
284:Be happy when you are blamed and accused wrongly, for then you have the chance to see all the bitter, hostile or self-pitying responses that your sinful soul wants to spew out - as if these puny things could in any way defend you! Watch and see if any of these poisons come out of you when your spirit is pricked by an accusation. Only then can you see yourself as you are, and confess thy sin that is within you and forsake yourself again into the Lord's care. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
285:The soul of the just man is but a paradise, in which, God tells us, He takes His delight. What do you imagine, must that dwelling be in which a King so mighty, so wise, and so pure, containing in Himself all good, can delight to rest? Nothing can be compared to the great beauty and capabilities of a soul; however keen our intellects may be, they are as unable to comprehend them as to comprehend God, for, as He told us, He created us in his own image and likeness. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
286:May today there be peace within May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith May you use those gifts that you have received and pass on the love that has been given to you May you be content knowing that you are a child of God Let this presence settle into your bones and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise, and love It is there for each and every one of us. —Saint Teresa of Avila ~ Maria Shriver,
287:I felt a great dislike to journeys, especially when they were long. But once I had started, I thought nothing of them, thinking of Him for Whose service they were undertaken and remembering that Our Lord would be praised and the most Holy Sacrament would dwell in the house I was going to found... It should be a great consolation to us - though many of us do not think of it - that Jesus Christ, true God and true man, dwells as He does in so many places in the most Holy Sacrament ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
288:We may think it humility not to realize that the Lord is bestowing gifts upon us. Let us understand very, very clearly, how this matter stands. God gives us these gifts for no merit of ours. Let us be grateful to His Majesty for them, for, unless we recognize that we are receiving them, we shall not be aroused to love Him. And it is a most certain thing that, if we remember all the time that we are poor, the richer we find ourselves, the greater will be the profit that comes to us and the more genuine our humility. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
289:Learn to self-conquest, persevere thus for a time, and you will perceive very clearly the advantage which you gain from it. As soon you apply yourself to orison, you will at once feel your senses gather themselves together: they seem like bees which return to the hive and there shut themselves up to work at the making of honey. At the first call of the will, they come back more and more quickly. At last, after countless exercises, of this kind, God disposes them to a state of utter rest and of perfect contemplation. ~ Saint Teresa of Avila,
290:thought of as more genteel This myth has been seen as the forerunner of the immaculate conception of the modern God, Gentle Jesus. The experience of Saint Teresa of Avila (circa 1552) is perhaps the most famous example in Western culture of the ecstasy of the fiery, divine intercourse. Idealized in marble by the master sculptor Bernini, the famous vision has held generations of the devout in awe. Saint Teresa, a capable and prolific writer described an angel, armed with a long golden spear with a "fiery tip" who repeatedly: ~ Christopher S Hyatt,

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   1 Christianity


   20 Saint Teresa of Avila


   19 The Way of Perfection


1.07_-_The_Farther_Reaches_of_Human_Nature, #Sex Ecology Spirituality, #Ken Wilber, #Philosophy
  Each of these stages follows the same patterns and shows the same developmental characteristics as all the other stages of consciousness evolution: each is a holon following the twenty tenets (a new differentiation/integration, a new emergence with a new depth, a new interiority, etc.); each possesses a new and higher sense of self existing in a new and wider world of others, with new drives, new cognitions, new moral stances, and so forth; each possesses a deep structure (basic defining pattern) that is culturally invariant but with surface structures (manifestations) that are culturally conditioned and molded; and each has a new and higher form of possible pathology (with the exception of the unmanifest "end" point, although even that is not without certain possible complications in its manifestation).
  I have elsewhere given preliminary descriptions of the deep structures (and pathologies) of each of these four major stages.22 Instead of repeating myself, I have for this presentation simply chosen four individuals who are especially representative of these stages, and will let them speak for us. They are (respectively) Ralph Waldo Emerson, Saint Teresa of Avila, Meister Eckhart, and Sri Ramana Maharshi. Each also represents the type of mysticism typical at each stage: nature mysticism, deity mysticism, formless mysticism, and nondual mysticism (each of which we will discuss).
  And each represents a form of tomorrow, a shape of our destiny yet to come. Each rode time's arrow ahead of us, as geniuses always do, and thus, even though looming out of our past, they call to us from our future.

1.24_-_Describes_how_vocal_prayer_may_be_practised_with_perfection_and_how_closely_allied_it_is_to_mental_prayer, #The Way of Perfection, #Saint Teresa of Avila, #Christianity
  object:1.24 - Describes how vocal prayer may be practised with perfection and how closely allied it is to mental prayer
  author class:Saint Teresa of Avila
  class:chapter

CHAPTER_25_-_Describes_the_great_gain_which_comes_to_a_soul_when_it_practises_vocal_prayer_perfectly._Shows_how_God_may_raise_it_thence_to_things_supernatural., #The Way of Perfection, #Saint Teresa of Avila, #Christianity
  object:CHAPTER 25 - Describes the great gain which comes to a soul when it practises vocal prayer perfectly. Shows how God may raise it thence to things supernatural.
  author class:Saint Teresa of Avila
  class:chapter

CHAPTER_26_-_Continues_the_description_of_a_method_for_recollecting_the, #The Way of Perfection, #Saint Teresa of Avila, #Christianity
  profitable for those who are beginning prayer.
  author class:Saint Teresa of Avila
  class:chapter

CHAPTER_27_-_Describes_the_great_love_shown_us_by_the_Lord_in_the_first_words, #The Way of Perfection, #Saint Teresa of Avila, #Christianity
  account of good birth if we truly desire to be the daughters of God.
  author class:Saint Teresa of Avila
  class:chapter

CHAPTER_28_-_Describes_the_nature_of_the_Prayer_of_Recollection_and_sets_down, #The Way of Perfection, #Saint Teresa of Avila, #Christianity
  some of the means by which we can make it a habit.
  author class:Saint Teresa of Avila
  class:chapter

CHAPTER_29_-_Continues_to_describe_methods_for_achieving_this_Prayer_of, #The Way of Perfection, #Saint Teresa of Avila, #Christianity
  favoured by our superiors.
  author class:Saint Teresa of Avila
  class:chapter

CHAPTER_30_-_Describes_the_importance_of_understanding_what_we_ask_for_in, #The Way of Perfection, #Saint Teresa of Avila, #Christianity
  Prayer of Quiet, and begins the explanation of them.
  author class:Saint Teresa of Avila
  class:chapter

CHAPTER_31_-_Continues_the_same_subject._Explains_what_is_meant_by_the_Prayer, #The Way of Perfection, #Saint Teresa of Avila, #Christianity
  chapter is very noteworthy.
  author class:Saint Teresa of Avila
  class:chapter

CHAPTER_32_-_Expounds_these_words_of_the_Paternoster_"Fiat_voluntas_tua_sicut, #The Way of Perfection, #Saint Teresa of Avila, #Christianity
  the Lord rewards them for it.
  author class:Saint Teresa of Avila
  class:chapter

CHAPTER_33_-_Treats_of_our_great_need_that_the_Lord_should_give_us_what_we, #The Way of Perfection, #Saint Teresa of Avila, #Christianity
  quotidianum da nobis hodie."116
  author class:Saint Teresa of Avila
  class:chapter

CHAPTER_34_-_Continues_the_same_subject._This_is_very_suitable_for_reading_after, #The Way of Perfection, #Saint Teresa of Avila, #Christianity
  the reception of the Most Holy Sacrament.
  author class:Saint Teresa of Avila
  class:chapter

CHAPTER_35_-_Describes_the_recollection_which_should_be_practised_after, #The Way of Perfection, #Saint Teresa of Avila, #Christianity
  to the Eternal Father.
  author class:Saint Teresa of Avila
  class:chapter

CHAPTER_36_-_Treats_of_these_words_in_the_Paternoster_"Dimitte_nobis_debita, #The Way of Perfection, #Saint Teresa of Avila, #Christianity
  nostra."126
  author class:Saint Teresa of Avila
  class:chapter

CHAPTER_37_-_Describes_the_excellence_of_this_prayer_called_the_Paternoster,, #The Way of Perfection, #Saint Teresa of Avila, #Christianity
  and the many ways in which we shall find consolation in it.
  author class:Saint Teresa of Avila
  class:chapter

CHAPTER_38_-_Treats_of_the_great_need_which_we_have_to_beseech_the_Eternal, #The Way of Perfection, #Saint Teresa of Avila, #Christianity
  temptations. This chapter is noteworthy.
  author class:Saint Teresa of Avila
  class:chapter

CHAPTER_39_-_Continues_the_same_subject_and_gives_counsels_concerning, #The Way of Perfection, #Saint Teresa of Avila, #Christianity
  we may be freed from temptations.135
  author class:Saint Teresa of Avila
  class:chapter

CHAPTER_40_-_Describes_how,_by_striving_always_to_walk_in_the_love_and_fear_of, #The Way of Perfection, #Saint Teresa of Avila, #Christianity
  God, we shall travel safely amid all these temptations.
  author class:Saint Teresa of Avila
  class:chapter

CHAPTER_41_-_Speaks_of_the_fear_of_God_and_of_how_we_must_keep_ourselves, #The Way of Perfection, #Saint Teresa of Avila, #Christianity
  from venial sins.
  author class:Saint Teresa of Avila
  class:chapter

CHAPTER_42_-_Treats_of_these_last_words_of_the_Paternoster_"Sed_libera_nos_a, #The Way of Perfection, #Saint Teresa of Avila, #Christianity
  malo. Amen." "But deliver us from evil. Amen."
  author class:Saint Teresa of Avila
  class:chapter

The_Way_of_Perfection, #unset, #G. W. F. Hegel, #Philosophy
  object:The Way of Perfection
  author class:Saint Teresa of Avila
  subject class:Christianity