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Saint Teresa of Avila Quotes

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I am more afraid of those who are terrified of the devil than I am of the devil himself.

A soul which gives itself to prayer, either much or little, should on no account be kept within narrow bounds.

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

Be gentle to all and stern with yourself.

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

Our souls may lose their peace and even disturb other people’s, if we are always criticizing trivial actions – which often are not real defects at all, but we construe them wrongly through our ignorance of their motives.

The tree that is beside the running water is fresher and gives more fruit.

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.

More tears are shed over answered prayers than unanswered ones.

Our body has this defect that, the more it is provided care and comforts, the more needs and desires it finds.

I was living an extremely burdensome life, because every time I prayed, I became more clearly aware of my faults. On the one hand, God was calling me. On the other, I was following the way of the world. Doing what God wanted made me happy; but I felt bound by the things of this world.

Discontent with this world gives such a painful longing to quit it that, if the heart finds comfort, it is solely from the thought that God wishes it to remain here in banishment.

While the soul is in mortal sin, nothing can profit it; none of its good works merit an eternal reward, since they do not proceed from God as their first principle, and by Him alone is our virtue real virtue.

Do you think it is only a little thing to possess a house from which lovely things can be seen?

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.

What friends or kindred can be so close and intimate as the powers of our soul, which, whether we will or no, must ever bear us company?

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?

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.

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.

My good works, however wretched and imperfect, have been made better and perfected by Him Who is my Lord: He has rendered them meritorious. As to my evil deeds and my sins, He hid them at once. The eyes of those who saw them, He made even blind; and He has blotted them out of their memory.

It is a most certain truth, that the richer we see ourselves to be, confessing at the same time our poverty, the greater will be our progress, and the more real our humility.

Mental prayer in my opinion is nothing else than an intimate sharing between friends; it means taking time frequently to be alone with Him who we know loves us. The important thing is not to think much but to love much and so do that which best stirs you to love. Love is not great delight but desire to please God in everything.

If God should desire to raise us to the position of one who is an intimate and shares his secrets, we ought to accept this gladly.

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?

While the soul is in mortal sin, nothing can profit it; none of its good works merit an eternal reward, since they do not proceed from God as their first principle, and by Him alone is our virtue real virtue.

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

Do you think it is only a little thing to possess a house from which lovely things can be seen?

God gave us faculties for our use; each of them will receive its proper reward. Then do not let us try to charm them to sleep, but permit them to do their work until divinely called to something higher.

Don’t let your sins turn into bad habits.

All things must come to the soul from its roots, from where it is planted.

The feeling remains that God is on the journey, too.

Pain is never permanent.

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