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Sufferings of Longing for My God: Teresa of Avila

September 29, 2009 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Meditations, Prayers of Saints, Teresa of Avila

 

Sufferings of Longing for my God

 

for post on suffering of longings for my GodWoe is me, woe is me, Lord, how very long has been this exile! And it passes with great sufferings of longing for my God! Lord, what can a soul placed in this prison do? O Jesus, how long is the life of humans, even though it is said to be short! It is short, my God, for gaining through it a life that cannot end; but it is very long for the soul that desires to come into the presence of its God. What remedy do You provide for this suffering? There isn't any, except when one suffers for you.

St. Teresa of Avila (St. Teresa of Jesus), Doctor of the Church: Soliloquies – #15 (The Soliloquies are spontaneous meditative prayers written by Saint Teresa of Avila's own hand. Many of these soliloquies contain references to Scripture. They are also known from another title they have been given: “Exclamations of the Soul to God”).

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Art for this post on Sufferings of Longing for My God – Teresa of Avila (St. Teresa of Jesus): La [última] comunión de Santa Teresa (The (last) communion of Saint Teresa), Juan Martín Cabezalero, circa 1670, PD-US author's life plus 100 years or less, Wikimedia Commons.

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  • Mary

    Hello Father. I was wondering if you might help me with this. I pray quite a bit. I pray, mostly because I have had some suffering in my life that has drained me, even spiritually. I pray for many things, but mostly, I pray for my own faith. One day, as I was praying, I said to Christ, “I feel like I’m alone in my suffering, yet I am asked to reflect and meditate on Your suffering” After I prayed and asked that question, I had a sort of internal answer to it. I heard, or felt Christ say to me, “I suffer when you suffer. Why wouldn’t I? We’re in this together. We are one body” I thought about that and, actually couldn’t believe that Christ suffers with me. The question is, was that internal answer correct? I had never thought in all my life that Christ suffers with me, so it came as a shock. Then, I looked it up on the Internet and found out that, while we are asked to suffer for Christ, He also feels our suffering and actually feels bad for us. That notion has helped me a great deal, because I feel more connected to Christ as being a real person with real feelings.

    • Dear Mary in Christ – good question. I sent it on to Father John and will post the answer soon – maybe Monday…

    • Dear Mary in Christ – good question – I have an answer back from Father John – probably will post on Monday.

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