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

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

Spanish Carmelite Nun, Theologian, Mystic and Writer of the Counter Reformation

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Let us look at our own faults, and not at other persons'. People who are extremely correct themselves are often shocked at everything they see; however, we might often learn a great deal that is essential from the very persons whom we censure. Our exterior comportment and manners may be better--this is well enough, but not of the first importance. We ought not to insist on every one following in our footsteps, nor to take upon ourselves to give instructions in spirituality when, perhaps, we do not even know what it is. Zeal for the good of souls, though given us by God, may often lead us astray, sisters; it is best to keep our rule, which bids us ever to live in silence and in hope. Our Lord will care for the souls belonging to Him.

All things fail; but Thou, Lord of all, never failest! They who love Thee, oh, how little they have to suffer! oh, how gently, how tenderly, how sweetly Thou, O my Lord, dealest with them! Oh, that no one had ever been occupied with any other love than Thine! It seems as if Thou didst subject those who love Thee to a severe trial: but it is in order that they may learn, in the depths of that trial, the depths of Thy love. O my God, oh, that I had understanding and learning, and a new language, in order to magnify Thy works, according to the knowledge of them which my soul possesses! Everything fails me, O my Lord; but if Thou wilt not abandon me, I will never fail Thee. Let all the learned rise up against me, — let the whole creation persecute me, — let the evil spirits torment me, — but do Thou, O Lord, fail me not; for I know by experience now the blessedness of that deliverance which Thou dost effect for those who trust only in Thee. In this distress, — for then I had never had a single vision, — these Thy words alone were enough to remove it, and give me perfect peace: Be not afraid, my daughter: it is I; and I will not abandon thee. Fear not. It seems to me that, in the state I was in then, many hours would have been necessary to calm me, and that no one could have done it. Yet I found myself, through these words alone, tranquil and strong, courageous and confident, at rest and enlightened; in a moment, my soul seemed changed, and I felt I could maintain against all the world that my prayer was the work of God. Oh, how good is God! how good is our Lord, and how powerful! He gives not counsel only, but relief as well. His words are deeds. O my God! as He strengthens our faith, love grows.

Give me wealth or poverty, give me comfort or discomfort, give me joy or sorrow... What do you want to make of me?

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

In light of heaven, the worst suffering on earth will be seen to be no more serious than one night in an inconvenient hotel.

Let us remember that within us there is a palace of immense magnificence.

All things must come to the soul from its roots, from where it is planted.

God aids the valiant...both to you and to me He will give the help needed.

However many years life might last, no one could ever wish for a better friend than God.

It constantly happens that the Lord permits a soul to fall so that it may grow humbler.

Anyone who truly loves God travels securely.

God bestows two remedies for all the temptations and trials that we have to endure: Love and Fear... Love makes us quicken our steps, while fear will make us look where we are setting our feet so that we shall not fall.

I am afraid that if we begin to put our trust in human help, some of our Divine help will fail us.

It is encouraging to see that trials which seemed to us impossible to submit to are possible to others, and that they bear them sweetly. Their flight makes us try to soar, like nestlings taught by the elder birds, who, though they cannot fly far at first, little by little imitate their parents.

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 our bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, danse, praise and love.
It is there for each and everyone of you.

Be gentle to all and stern with yourself.

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

God never changes; patient endurance attains all things; who God possesses in nothing is wanting; alone God suffices.

I believe that honor and money nearly always go together… 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.

Remember that you have only one soul; that you have only one death to die; that you have only one life, which is short and has to be lived by you alone; and there is only one glory, which is eternal. If you do this, there will be many things about which you care nothing.

All the way to heaven is heaven.

Let nothing disturb thee, nothing affright thee; all things are passing: God never changeth; patient endurance attaineth to all things; who God possesseth in nothing is wanting; alone God sufficeth.

A slight failing in one virtue is enough to pull all the others to sleep.

Each of us possesses a soul, but we do not prize our souls as creatures in God’s image deserve, and so we do not understand the great secrets which they contain.

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

Spanish Carmelite Nun, Theologian, Mystic and Writer of the Counter Reformation