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The Interior Castle: Saint Teresa’s Diamond

The Interior Castle: Saint Teresa's Diamond The De Beers Jewelry marketing slogan of “Diamonds are Forever” might have been a perfect catchphrase for Saint Teresa’s “Diamond”, better known to us as the Interior Castle. However, this company was not yet around in 1577 when she was ordered to write another book. “Forever” was a well-chosen word because of the properties and symbolism inherent in the diamond.... Read More

A Practical Commentary on St. Teresa’s Way of Perfection

A Practical Commentary on St. Teresa’s Wisdom BOOK PICK: The Way of Prayer In The Way of Prayer, Carmelite Father Gabriel of Saint Mary Magdalen leads us into the refreshing solitude and silence opened up in St. Teresa of Avila’s Way of Perfection. Father Gabriel challenges us to take up St. Teresa’s teachings to satiate our own thirst for Christ in the difficult circumstances of our own lives. With her own energetic style,... Read More

I Was Born For You

November 8, 2015 by  
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A Matter of Life and Death: What Meditation is! From St Teresa of Avila

I Was Born For You Editor's Note: Teresa Tomeo has graciously shared a reflection on St. Teresa of Avila, the saint she was named after, and St. Teresa's prayer “I Was Born For You”. When most of us think of famous words written by mystic and Doctor of the Church, St. Teresa of Avila, we think of her beautiful poem and prayer commonly referred to as “St. Teresa’s Bookmark”: Let nothing disturb you. Nothing... Read More

Giving up on Prayer – Day 11, 30 Days with Teresa of Avila

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What does St. Teresa of Avila have to say about giving up on prayer? Find out in today's excerpt and reflection from 30 Days with Teresa of Avila. LXIV Segovia, July 3, 1574* To Don Teutonio de Braganza, Salamanca The Saint rejects a title of honor. The foundation at Segovia. Trials of prayer. Father Pedro Hernandez. JESUS! May the grace of the Holy Spirit be with your Lordship! I declare that if you address me again by such... Read More

Sleep Is Good – Day 25, 30 Days with Teresa of Avila

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What does St. Teresa of Avila have to say about sleep and human frailty? Find out in today's excerpt and reflection from 30 Days with Teresa of Avila. CXLVI Toledo, about November 1576* To Father Gracian, Seville Father Gracian’s enemies. His need of sleep. I sent a letter last week by the courier of Toledo in answer to what Paul says about the tongues. When I was speaking to Joseph, he told me to warn Paul that he has many... Read More

Getting Things Done – Day 23, 30 Days with Teresa of Avila

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What does St. Teresa of Avila have to say about getting things done? Find out in today's excerpt and reflection from 30 Days with Teresa of Avila. CXXX Toledo, November 2, 1576* To Mother Mary Baptist, Prioress Of Valladolid Health of the prioress. Matters of the Order and the convent of Valladolid. JESUS! May the grace of the Holy Spirit be with you. Take no notice of the interior troubles you mention; the greater they are,... Read More

Prayer that Pleases God – Day 21, 30 Days with Teresa of Avila

September 22, 2015 by  
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30 Days with Teresa of Avila - Day 21 - I wish for no prayer

What does St. Teresa of Avila have to say about prayer that pleases God? Find out in today's excerpt and reflection from 30 Days with Teresa of Avila. CXXVI Toledo, October 1576* To Father Gracian, Seville Father Gracian and the Calced friars. Paul and Joseph. Counsels on prayer. JESUS! May the grace of the Holy Ghost be with your Paternity, my Father. I received three letters from you today by the head courier, and others... Read More

Challenges in Prayer: Day 20, 30 Days with Teresa of Avila

September 16, 2015 by  
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What does St. Teresa of Avila have to say about challenges in prayer? Find out in today's excerpt and reflection from 30 Days with Teresa of Avila. CXLIII Toledo, November 26, 1576* To Don Luis de Cepeda, At Torrijos Acknowledgment of money received. Sister Beatriz of Malagón. Spiritual advice. JESUS! May the grace of the Holy Ghost be ever with your Honor. I received your letters and the four ducats; the sum will be paid... Read More

How Do We Convert Hearts? – Day 19, 30 Days with Teresa of Avila

September 9, 2015 by  
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What does St. Teresa of Avila have to say about conversion of hearts? Find out in today's excerpt and reflection from 30 Days with Teresa of Avila. From the Appendix of Volume I of The Letters of Saint Teresa* St. Teresa’s address to the nuns of the Incarnation on entering the office of Prioress there in October 1571. When the community went into the Chapter room in the morning, they found the Saint sitting at the feet of... Read More

What’s Wrong with “Crazy with Joy”? – Day 17, 30 Days with Teresa of Avila

September 2, 2015 by  
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What does St. Teresa of Avila have to say about being crazy with joy? Find out in today's excerpt and reflection from 30 Days with Teresa of Avila. LXXXI Seville, August 12, 1575* To Doña Juana de Ahumada, Alba de Tormes Arrival of their two brothers at San Lucar. Death of Jerome de Cepeda and of Don Lorenzo’s wife. Father Gracian nominated Provincial. JESUS! However, the joys of this life are always accompanied by troubles,... Read More

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