Saint Teresa of Avila

Saint Teresa of Avila

Saint Teresa of Ávila, also called Saint Teresa of Jesús (28 March 1515 – 4 October 1582) was a prominent Spanish mystic, Roman Catholic saint, Carmelite nun and author during the Counter Reformation, and theologian of contemplative life through mental prayer.

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Each of us has a soul, but we forget to value it.

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

If we plant a flower or a shrub and water it daily it will grow so tall that in time we shall need a spade and a hoe to uproot it. It is just so I think when we commit a fault, however small, each day and do not cure ourselves of it.

What a great favor God does to those He places in the company of good people!

Be gentle to all and stern with yourself.

Remember that you have only one soul, that you have only one death to die, that you have only one life. . . . If you do this there will be many things about which you care nothing.

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

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.

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

Let nothing disturb thee nothing affright thee, all things are passing, God never changeth.

There are more tears shed over answered prayers than over unanswered prayers.

Learn to self-conquest persevere thus for a time and you will perceive very clearly the advantage which you gain from it. As soon you apply yourself to orison you will at once feel your senses gather themselves together: they seem like bees which

More tears are shed over answered prayers than unanswered ones.

Patient endurance attaineth to all things, who God possesseth in nothing is wanting, alone God sufficeth.

It is here my daughters that love is to be found / not hidden away in corners but in the midst of occasions of sin. And believe me although we may more often fail and commit small lapses our gain will be incomparably the greater.

Let nothing disturb thee, Let nothing dismay thee, All thing pass, God never changes. Patience attains All that it strives for. He who has God Finds he lacks nothing: God alone suffices.

I do not fear Satan half so much as I fear those who fear him.

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.

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

The feeling remains that God is on the journey too.

Learn to selfconquest persevere thus for a time and you will perceive very clearly the advantage which you gain from it.

To have courage for whatever comes in life - everything lies in that.

Pain is never permanent

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

(said of God):If this is the way you treat your friends, it's no wonder you have so few!

It is love alone that gives worth to all things

O my God what must a soul be like when it is in this state! It longs to be all one tongue with which to praise the Lord. It utters a thousand pious follies in a continuous endeavor to please Him who thus possesses it.

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

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

About the injunction of the Apostle Paul that women should keep silent in church? Don't go by one text only.

Do not dismayed daughters at the number of things which you have to consider before setting out on this divine journey which is the royal road to heaven. By taking this road we gain such precious treasures that it is no wonder if the cost seems to us a high one. The time will come when we shall realize that all we have paid has been nothing at all by comparison with the greatness of our prizes.

To reach something good it is very useful to have gone astray and thus acquire experience.

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.