St. Teresa of Avila

We do not prize our soul as creatures made in the Divine image deserve

Each of us possesses a soul, but we do not prize our soul as creatures made in the Divine image deserve, and so we do not understand the great secrets which they contain.

~ St. Teresa of Avila, 1577

The important thing

The important thing is not to think much but to love much. So do that which bestirs you to love.
~ by St. Theresa of Avila

Oh when a soul is hid in Thee

Oh, when a soul is hid in Thee
For what adventure can it yearn
Save love and still more love to learn,
And thus to love increasingly,
So deep does love within it burn?
My God, I pray Thee for a love
That years until I see Thy face.
And builds itself a nest above
Within its true abiding place.

~ by St. Teresa of Avila
The Collected Works of St. Teresa of Avila, Vol. 2 (featuring The Way of Perfection and The Interior Castle)
By Teresa of Avila, Otilio Rodriguez (Translator), Kieran Kavanaugh (Translator)

For love to awaken in us

To journey into the interior world within
love must already be awakened.
For love to awaken in us:
Let go ... Let be ... Be silent
Be still in gentle peace
Be aware of opposites,
Learn mindfulness and forgetfulness.

~ Teresa of Avila
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