October 15 – Saint Teresa of Avila

Saint Teresa of Avila

listenDear 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 for Today

Saint Teresa of Avila (1515-1582)

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

quoteAll 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?”

quoteAn 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.”


The prayer above is from Terry Modica’s book Daily Prayers with the Saints.

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