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Saturday, February 21, 2015

Quotations from St. Teresa of Avila's The Way of Perfection

A timeless question:
"What is the matter with Christians nowadays? Must it always be the ones who owe You the most who afflict You?"
A timeless observation:
"Let those who are to come realize that if the bishop is holy the subjects will be so too..."
But before we murmur against our bishops, St. Teresa immediately adds:
"...and as something very important always ask this of the Lord in your prayers."
And while this is written to the nuns of her convent, it can be adapted for anyone who considers themselves a disciple of Jesus:
"Be determined, Sisters, that you came to die for Christ, not to live comfortably for Christ."
[From the Collected Works of St. Teresa of Avila, Volume 2, translated by Kieran Kavanaugh O.C.D. and Otilio Rodriguez O.C.D., published by the Institute for Carmelite Studies, Washington. DC.]