Wednesday, October 15, 2008

St. Teresa of Avila

Tis the feast day of St. Teresa of Avila (1582) - she is one of two women who were declared a "Doctor of the Church" for her writings. She was also a spiritual friend of St. John of the Cross. The following quote can be found in The Brightest and the Best by Sam Portaro:
"To encounter Teresa is to encounter passion, not simply sexual passion -- though there is more than a little of that type of passion evident in her life and work -- but that single-minded devotion and commitment that refuses to be swayed, that pursues its course and defiantly damns any who would divert it. Teresa was a woman of dogged determination who battled great odds to achieve her goals. She was not afraid to venture forth in faith, and her venturing took her into some wild and wonderful places." (P. 185) May we not be afraid to venture wherever our faith may take us - May we all discover those wild and wonderful places!


Evelyn said...


terrelou said...

on Nov 5th we will go to Alba de Tormes where St. Teresa of Avila is buried. Nov 9th and 10th we will visit Lisiex, the Carmel Chapel and Basilica of St Therese. We will also visit Les Buissonets where she lived until she entered the Carmel Convent. I'm getting excited! Terrelou

Nicholas said...

That's a beautiful icon and a nice post. Many thanks and God Bless

''Let nothing upset you,
let nothing startle you.
All things pass;
God does not change.
Patience wins
all it seeks.
Whoever has God
lacks nothing''.
God alone is enough.

Diane said...

I love ST. Teresa!

Jaliya said...

Roberta, thank you for this, particularly "May we not be afraid to venture wherever our faith may take us." Right now my faith is leading me to intervene in the life of a beloved who may be dying of alcohol addiction and a broken spirit.

OK, faith, take me ...

Wish us luck and a new faith in life for my friend ... thank you ...