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

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 feeling remains that God is on the journey, too.

The earth and sky will open their purse for you and your life will change.

The best thing must be to flee from all to the All.

Take God for your spouse and friend and walk with Him continually, and you will not sin, will learn to love, and the things you must do will work out prosperously for you.

Accustom yourself continually to make many acts of love, for they enkindle and melt the soul.

For prayer is nothing else than being on terms of friendship with God.

How is it, Lord, that we are cowards in everything save in opposing Thee?

I used to discuss with my brother ways and means of becoming martyrs, and we agreed to go together to the land of the Moors, begging our way for the love of God, so that we might be beheaded there. I believe that our Lord had given us courage enough even at that tender age, if only we could have seen a way. But our parents seemed to us a very great hindrance.

It is true that we cannot be free from sin, but at least let our sins not be always the same.

Never affirm anything unless you are sure it is true.

Praised be the Lord, who has redeemed me from myself.

Alas, O Lord, to what a state lost Thou bring those who love Thee!

From moment to moment one can bear much.

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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