“Let nothing perturb you, nothing frighten you. All things pass. God does not change. Patience achieves everything.”
― Saint Teresa of Avila
“May today there be peace within.
May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be.
May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith.
May you use those gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you.
May you be content knowing you are a child of God.
Let this presence settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love.
It is there for each and every one of us.”― Teresa of Ávila
“Let nothing disturb you,
Let nothing frighten you,
All things are passing away:
God never changes.
Patience obtains all things.
Whoever has God lacks nothing;
God alone suffices.”― Saint Teresa of Avila
“It is love alone that gives worth to all things.”― St. Teresa of Avila
“Christ has no body now on earth but yours,
no hands but yours,
no feet but yours,
Yours are the eyes through which to look out
Christ’s compassion to the world
Yours are the feet with which he is to go about
Yours are the hands with which he is to bless men now.”― Saint Teresa of Avila
“Christ has no body now but yours. No hands, no feet on earth but yours. Yours are the eyes through which he looks compassion on this world. Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good. Yours are the hands through which he blesses all the world. Yours are the hands, yours are the feet, yours are the eyes, you are his body. Christ has no body now on earth but yours.”― Saint Teresa of Avila
“It is foolish to think that we will enter heaven without entering into ourselves.”― Saint Teresa of Avila
“Thank God for the things that I do not own.”― Saint Teresa of Avila
“Love turns work into rest.”― Saint Teresa of Avila
“The closer one approaches to God, the simpler one becomes.”― Saint Teresa of Avila
“If this is how you treat your friends, no wonder you have so many enemies.”― Saint Teresa of Avila
“Let nothing disturb you. Let nothing frighten you. Everything passes away except God.”― Saint Teresa of Avila
“You pay God a compliment by asking great things of Him.”― Saint Teresa of Avila
“The important thing is not to think much but to love much; and so do that which best stirs you to love.”― Saint Teresa of Avila
“God save us from gloomy saints!”― Saint Teresa of Avila
“Trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be.”― Saint Teresa of Avila
“For prayer is nothing else than being on terms of friendship with God.”― Saint Teresa of Avila
“This Beloved of ours is merciful and good. Besides, he so deeply longs for our love that he keeps calling us to come closer. This voice of his is so sweet that the poor soul falls apart in the face of her own inability to instantly do whatever he asks of her. And so you can see, hearing him hurts much more than not being able to hear him… For now, his voice reaches us through words spoken by good people, through listening to spiritual talks, and reading sacred literature. God calls to us in countless little ways all the time. Through illnesses and suffering and through sorrow he calls to us. Through a truth glimpsed fleetingly in a state of prayer he calls to us. No matter how halfhearted such insights may be, God rejoices whenever we learn what he is trying to teach us.”― Saint Teresa of Avila
“I am quite sure I am more afraid of people who are themselves terrified of the devil than I am of the devil himself.”
― Saint Teresa of Avila
“The devil frequently fills our thoughts with great schemes, so that instead of putting our hands to what work we can do to serve our Lord, we may rest satisfied with wishing to perform impossibilities.”― Saint Teresa of Avila
“Be gentle to all, and stern with yourself.”―Saint Teresa of Avila
“. . . it is presumptuous in me to wish to choose my path, because I cannot tell which path is best for me. I must leave it to the Lord, Who knows me, to lead me by the path which is best for me, so that in all things His will may be done.”― Saint Teresa of Avila
“Untilled ground, however rich, will bring forth thistles and thorns; so also the mind of man.”―Saint Teresa of Avila
“In light of heaven, the worst suffering on earth will be seen to be no more serious than one night in an inconvenient hotel.”― Saint Teresa Of Avila
“It is of great importance, when we begin to practise prayer, not to let ourselves be frightened by our own thoughts.”
― Saint Teresa of Avila
“Accustom yourself continually to make many acts of love, for they enkindle and melt the soul.”― Saint Teresa of Avila
“But always when I was without a book, my soul at once became disturbed, and my thoughts wandered.”― Saint Teresa of Avila
“God withholds Himself from no one who perseveres.”― Saint Teresa of Avila
“The important thing is not to think much, but to love much.”― Saint Teresa of Avila
“Let nothing disturb you, nothing frighten you, all things are passing, God is unchanging. Patience gains all; nothing is lacking to those who have God: God alone is sufficient.”― Saint Teresa of Avila
“For if the will has nothing to employ it and love has no present object with which to busy itself, the soul finds itself without either support or occupation, its solitude and aridity cause it great distress and its thoughts involve it in the severest conflict.”― Saint Teresa of Avila
“It is a great advantage for us to be able to consult someone who knows us, so that we may learn to know ourselves.”― Saint Teresa of Avila
“Vivo sin vivir en mí… muero porque no muero. (I live without really being alive… I die because I am not dying.)”― Saint Teresa of Avila
“To have courage for whatever comes in life – everything lies in that”―Saint Teresa of Avila
“In order that love be fully satisfied, It is necessary that It lower Itself and that It lower Itself to nothingness and transform this nothingness into fire.”― Saint Teresa of Avila
“I know a person who, though no poet, composed some verses in a very short time, which were full of feeling and admirably descriptive of her pain: they did not come from her understanding, but, in order the better to enjoy the bliss which came to her from such delectable pain, she complained of it to her God. She would have been so glad if she could have been cut to pieces, body and soul, to show what joy this pain caused her. What torments could have been set before her at such a time which she would not have found it delectable to endure for her Lord’s sake?”― Saint Teresa of Avila
“All the trials we endure cannot be compared to these interior battles.”― Saint Teresa of Avila
“Mental prayer is, as I see it, simply a friendly intercourse and frequent solitary conversation with Him who, as we know, loves us.”― Saint Teresa of Avila
“All the way to heaven is heaven.”― Saint Teresa of Avila
“To reach something good, it is useful to have gone astray.”― Saint Teresa of Avila
“ Union is as if in a room there were two large windows through which the light streamed in it enters in diffrent places but it all becomes one. ”― Saint Teresa of Avila
“At night a hooded monk passed by where there were no lamps.
I could not see his face. I only heard these words he kept repeating:
“Teach me, dear Lord, all that you know.”
I knew instantly a great treasure had entered my soul.”― Saint Teresa of Avila
“I used unexpectedly to experience a consciousness of the presence of God, or such a kind that I could not possibly doubt that He was within me or that I was wholly engulfed in Him. This was in no sense a vision: I believe it is called mystical theology. The soul is suspended in such a way that it seems to be completely outside itself. The will loves; the memory, I think, is almost lost; while the understanding, I believe, thought it is not lost, does not reason—I mean that it does not work, but is amazed at the extent of all it can understand; for God wills it to realize that it understands nothing of what His Majesty represents to it.”―Saint Teresa of Avila
“But always when I was without a book, my soul would at once become disturbed, and my thoughts wandered. As I read, I began to call them together again and, as it were, laid a bait for my soul”― Saint Teresa of Avila
“I would write a thousand foolish things that one might be to the point, if only it might make us praise God more.”―Saint Teresa of Avila
“Prayer and comfortable living are incompatible.”― Saint Teresa of Avila
“Hope, O my soul, hope. You know neither the day nor the hour. Watch carefully, for everything passes quickly, even though your impatience turns a very short time into a long one.”― Saint Teresa of Avila
“Reflect carefully on this, for it is so important that I can hardly lay too much stress on it. Fix your eyes on the Crucified and nothing else will be of much importance to you.”― Saint Teresa of Avila
“For though we know quite well that God is present in all that we do, our nature is such that it makes us lose sight of the fact; but when this favour is granted it can no longer do so, for the Lord, who is near at hand, awakens it. And even the favours aforementioned occur much more commonly, as the soul experiences a vivid and almost constant love for Him whom it sees or knows to be at its side.”― Saint Teresa of Avila
“. . . you must not build upon foundations of prayer and contemplation alone, for, unless you strive after the virtues and practice them, you will never grow to be more than dwarfs.”― Saint Teresa of Avila