Today, a short quote from that feisty nun, Teresa of Avila.
It is certain that the love of God does not consist in tears, nor in this sweetness and tenderness which we for the most part desire, and with which we console ourselves; but rather in serving Him in justice, fortitude, and humility. That seems to me to be a receiving rather than a giving of anything on our part.
Teresa of Avila . The Life of St. Teresa of Jesus . Kindle Edition.
I have two more quotes from the amazing Counter Reformation reformer, Teresa of Avila – a most unusual source for a Calvinist!
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.
She understood sin. The other quote which really puts our brokenness into perspective:
I am quite certain that great evils would be avoided if we clearly understood that what we have to do is, not to be on our guard against men, but on our guard against displeasing Thee.
Teresa of Avila The Life of St. Teresa of Jesus . Kindle Edition.
The following is a quote from Teresa of Avila in a piece that she writes for her fellow nuns:
I was once considering what the reason was why our Lord loved humility in us so much, when I suddenly remembered that He is essentially the Supreme Truth, and that humility is just our walking in the truth. For it is a very great truth that we have no good in us, but only misery and nothingness, and he who does not understand this walks in lies: but he who understands this the best is the most pleasing to the Supreme Truth. May God grant us this favour, sisters, never to be without the humbling knowledge of ourselves.
Teresa of Avila. Santa Teresa an Appreciation: with some of the best passages of the Saint’s Writings. Kindle Edition.
There are only two duties that our Lord requires of us,—the love of God, and the love of our neighbour. And, in my opinion, the surest sign for discovering our love to God is our love to our neighbour. And be assured that the further you advance in the love of your neighbour, the further you are advancing in the love of God likewise.
Teresa of Avila
Santa Teresa an Appreciation: with some of the best passages of the Saint’s Writings. Kindle Edition.