Saint Teresa of Ávila, aka Saint Teresa of Jesus, baptized as Teresa Sánchez de Cepeda y Ahumada

Saint Teresa of Ávila, aka Saint Teresa of Jesus, baptized as Teresa Sánchez de Cepeda y Ahumada
1515
1582

Spanish Mystic, Roman Catholic Saint, Carmelite Nun, Theologian, Writer of the Counter Reformation, Co-Founder of the Discalced Carmelites and Reformer of the Carmelite Order

Author Quotes

Always think of yourself as everyone's servant; look for Our Lord in everyone and you will then have respect and reverence for them all.

There are more tears shed over answered prayers than over unanswered prayers.

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.

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.

We need no wings to go in search of Him, but have only to find a place where we can be alone.

There is no greater cause of straying from the path of faithful perseverance than letting up in prayer.

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.

There is no such thing as bad weather. All weather is good because it is God’s.

What a great favor God does to those He places in the company of good people!

There seem to me a great many blessings which come from true poverty and I should be sorry to be deprived of them.

What if your light ceased to lift us from the ground?

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.

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?

To have courage for whatever comes in life -- everything lies in that.

When I think of myself my mind cannot soar to higher things but is like a bird with broken wings.

To seek God within ourselves avails us far more than to look for Him amongst creatures.

Whenever I read in the lives of Saints of how they converted souls, I seem to feel much more devout, more tender, and more envious of them than when I read of all the martyrdoms that they suffered. This is an inclination given me by Our Lord; and I think He prizes one soul, which by His mercy and through our diligence and prayer we have gained, for him, more than all the other services we can render Him.

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.

To wish to act like angels while we are still in this world is nothing but folly.

With all this wide and beautiful creation before me, the restless soul longs to enjoy its liberty and rest beyond its bound.

The movements of your feet are caused by the waves He stirred.

True perfection consists in the love of God and our neighbor, and the better we keep both these commandments, the more perfect we shall be.

With the help of our guardian angel we can try to see it reflected in God as in a mirror, for we will never come to know ourselves if we do not try to know God.

The pain was so sharp that it made me utter several moans; and so excessive was the sweetness caused me by this intense pain that one can never wish to lose it.

Truth suffers, but never dies.

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First Name
Saint Teresa of Ávila, aka Saint Teresa of Jesus, baptized as Teresa Sánchez de Cepeda y Ahumada
Birth Date
1515
Death Date
1582
Bio

Spanish Mystic, Roman Catholic Saint, Carmelite Nun, Theologian, Writer of the Counter Reformation, Co-Founder of the Discalced Carmelites and Reformer of the Carmelite Order