Saint Teresa of Avila

Saint Teresa of Ávila, also called Saint Teresa of Jesus, baptized as Teresa Sánchez de Cepeda y Ahumada (28 March 1515 – 4 October 1582), was a prominent Spanish mystic, Roman Catholic saint, Carmelite nun, author during the Counter Reformation, and theologian of contemplative life through mental prayer. She was a reformer in the Carmelite Order of her time and the movement she initiated, later joined by Saint John of the Cross, eventually lead to the establishment of the Discalced Carmelites, though neither she nor John were alive when the two orders separated. In 1622, forty years after her death, she was canonized by Pope Gregory XV, and on 27 September 1970 was named a Doctor of the Church by Pope Paul VI. Her books, which include her autobiography (The Life of Teresa of Jesus) and her seminal work El Castillo Interior (trans.: The Interior Castle), are an integral part of Spanis... More

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Saint Teresa of Avila Quotes

Saint Teresa of Avila #Courage #Life

To have courage for whatever comes in life - everything lies in that.
Saint Teresa of Avila #Experience #Good

To reach something good it is very useful to have gone astray, and thus acquire experience.
Saint Teresa of Avila #Fear

I do not fear Satan half so much as I fear those who fear him.
Saint Teresa of Avila #Friendship

For prayer is nothing else than being on terms of friendship with God.
Saint Teresa of Avila #God

The feeling remains that God is on the journey, too.
Saint Teresa of Avila #Motivational

Be gentle to all and stern with yourself.
Saint Teresa of Avila #Power

I know the power obedience has of making things easy which seem impossible.
Saint Teresa of Avila #God #Religion

We can only learn to know ourselves and do what we can - namely, surrender our will and fulfill God's will in us.
Saint Teresa of Avila #God #Good

God has been very good to me, for I never dwell upon anything wrong which a person has done, so as to remember it afterwards. If I do remember it, I always see some other virtue in that person.
Saint Teresa of Avila #Peace

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.
Saint Teresa of Avila #God #Work

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.