4th Centenary of the canonization of St. Teresa of Avila

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‘Teresa stands as a model for us of how we might allow God’s grace to come to fruition within us…both as a Saint and a Doctor of the Universal Church she strides across the ages, speaking with fresh clarity, undimmed zeal and timeless relevance. ‘It is timeto walk’, ‘We are on our way!’ Teresa of the here and now, pray for us! (Sr. Jo Robson OCD, Ware Carmel)

‘To have courage for whatever comes in life – everything lies in that.’ (Teresa of Avila)

Soul in yourself seek Me…
For love you were fashioned
Deep within me
Painted so beautiful, so fair;
If, my beloved, I should lose you,
Soul, in yourself seek me…
And should by chance you do not know
Where to find Me,
Do not go here and there;
But if you wish to find me,
In yourself seek Me.
Soul, since you are My room,
My house and dwelling,
If at any time,
Through your distracted ways
I find the door tightly closed,
Outside yourself seek Me not,
To find me it will be
Enough only to call Me,
Then quickly will I come,
And in yourself seek Me.
St. Teresa of Jesus
‘The soul of the just person is nothing else than a paradise where the Lord says He finds His delight.
So then, what do you think that the abode will be like where a King so powerful, so wise, so pure, so
full of good things takes His delight? I don’t find anything comparable to the magnificent beauty of a
soul and its marvellous capacity.
St. Teresa of Jesus, Interior Castle, 1.1.1

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