October 15 – Saint Teresa of Avila

Saint Teresa of Avila

Dear Jesus, Saint Teresa of Avila realized with shock and sorrow that her love for You was almost nil compared to Your great love for her.  She decided to devote herself to prayer and sacrifice, and in so doing, she became a mystical contemplative.  She wrote that if we fully yield our lives, “I am convinced that He never ceases bestowing His graces until He has brought us to a very high state of prayer.”  I ask her to intercede for my purification.  O Lord, help me to let go of my will and teach me to overcome the limitations imposed by self-centeredness.  Raise me to the intimate prayer of contemplation.  Saint Teresa, pray for me.  Amen.

QUOTES by Saint Teresa of Avila

This Beloved of ours is merciful and good. Besides, he so deeply longs for our love that he keeps calling us to come closer. >>

O souls, redeemed by the Blood of Jesus Christ, take these things to heart; have mercy on yourselves! If you realize your pitiable condition, how can you refrain from trying to remove the darkness from your souls. >>

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. >>

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. What more do we desire from such a good friend at our side? >>

An intelligent mind is simple and teachable; it sees its faults and allows itself to be guided. A mind that is dull and narrow never sees its faults even when shown them. It is always pleased with itself and never learns to do right. >>

In the midst of sickness the best prayer may be offered, and it is a mistake to think it can only be offered in solitude. >>

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