Words of Wisdom – St Teresa of Avila


‘Let nothing disturb you, let nothing dismay you:  all things pass; God never changes.  Patience attains all that it strives for.  He who has God finds he lacks nothing.  God alone suffices.’


‘Prayer is nothing more than an intimate conversation between friends.’


‘I tried as hard as I could to keep Jesus Christ, our God & our Lord present within me, & that was my way of prayer.’


‘Prayer is an exercise of love, & it would be incorrect to think that if there is no time for solitude there is no time for prayer.’


‘Christ is a very good friend because we behold him as a man & see him with weaknesses & trials – & he is company to us.’


‘Nothing is impossible when our Lord wants it.’


‘The soul’s progress does not lie in thinking much but in loving much.’


‘If you should fall at times don’t be discouraged & stop striving to advance.  For even from this fall God will draw out good.’


‘If we fail in love of neighbour we are lost … beg our Lord to give you this perfect love of neighbour.’


‘The reason for prayer … is the birth of good works.’


‘For love begets love. Let us strive to keep this always before our eyes and to waken ourselves to love.’


‘The Lord is the one through whom all blessings come to us. He will teach us all things. In beholding his life we find he is the best example’


‘Whoever lives in the presence of so good a friend and excellent a leader as in Jesus Christ can endure all things’


‘Look for Christ Our Lord in everyone and you will then have respect and reverence for all.’


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