Quotes by: Saint Teresa of Avila
|Saint Teresa of Ávila
Saint Teresa of Ávila by Peter Paul Rubens
|Virgin, Mystic, Ecstatic, Doctor of the Church
28 March 1515|
Gotarrendura, Ávila, Crown of Castile (today Spain)
||4 October 1582
Alba de Tormes, Salamanca, Spain
||Roman Catholic Church
||24 April 1614, Rome by Pope Paul V
||12 March 1622, Rome by Pope Gregory XV
||Convent of the Annunciation, Alba de Tormes, Spain
||Habit of the Discalced Carmelites, Book and Quill, arrow-pierced heart
||Bodily ills; headaches; chess; lacemakers; laceworkers; loss of parents; people in need of grace; people in religious orders; people ridiculed for their piety; Požega, Croatia; sick people; sickness; Spain; Talisay City, Cebu
What value is there in faith without works? And what are they worth if they are not united to the merits of Jesus Christ, our only good?
A soul which gives itself to prayer, either much or little, should on no account be kept within narrow bounds.
It is no small misfortune and disgrace that, through our own fault, we neither understand our nature nor our origin.
How friendly all men would be one with another, if no regard were paid to honour and money! I believe it would be a remedy for everything.
Our body has this defect that, the more it is provided care and comforts, the more needs and desires it finds.
The custom of speaking to God Almighty as freely as with a slave - caring nothing whether the words are suitable or not, but simply saying the first thing that comes to mind from being learnt by rote by frequent repetition - cannot be called prayer: God grant that no Christian may address Him in this manner.
The devil put before me that I could not endure the trials of the religious life, because of my delicate nurture. I defended myself against him by alleging the trials which Christ endured, and that it was not much for me to suffer something for His sake; besides, He would help me to bear it.
I don't know what heavy penance I would not have gladly undertaken rather than practice prayer.
Prayer is an act of love; words are not needed. Even if sickness distracts from thoughts, all that is needed is the will to love.
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.
Accustom yourself continually to make many acts of love, for they enkindle and melt the soul.
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.
If I were to give advice, I would say to parents that they ought to be very careful whom they allow to mix with their children when young; for much mischief thence ensues, and our natural inclinations are unto evil rather than unto good.
When I took the habit, the Lord immediately showed me how He favours those who do violence to themselves in order to serve Him. No one saw what I endured... At the moment of my entrance into this new state I felt a joy so great that it has never failed me even to this day; and God converted the dryness of my soul into a very great tenderness.
There are more tears shed over answered prayers than over unanswered prayers.
I thought of the soul as resembling a castle, formed of a single diamond or a very transparent crystal, and containing many rooms, just as in Heaven there are many mansions.
We can only learn to know ourselves and do what we can - namely, surrender our will and fulfill God's will in us.
A beginner must look on himself as one setting out to make a garden for his Lord's pleasure, on most unfruitful soil which abounds in weeds. His Majesty roots up the weeds and will put in good plants instead. Let us reckon that this is already done when the soul decides to practice prayer and has begun to do so.
If I should say anything that is not in conformity with what is held by the Holy Roman Catholic Church, it will be through ignorance and not through malice. This may be taken as certain, and also that, through God's goodness, I am, and shall always be, as I always have been, subject to her.