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.

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.

You ought to make every effort to free yourselves even from venial sin, and to do what is most perfect.

The realized soul can play with the universe the way a child does a ball.

Untilled soil, however fertile it may be, will bear thistles and thorns; and so it is with man's mind.

You pay God a compliment by asking great things of Him.

The saints rejoiced at injuries and persecutions, because in forgiving them they had something to present to God when they prayed to Him.

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.

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.

We can only learn to know ourselves and do what we can - namely, surrender our will and fulfill God's will in us.

The soul sees clearly that if there is anything good in her, it is on loan from God .

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.

The tree that is beside the running water is fresher and gives more fruit.

We have to become men and women of prayer, people who know how to deal personally with the one who loves us above everything.

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.

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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