Teresa of Avila: We should Know and Abide with the Person with Whom we are Speaking

Here is a beautiful excerpt from the Christian Spiritual Classic: The Way of Perfection which was written by Saint Theresa of Avila, the founderess of the Carmelite Religious (Monastic) Order which has a profoundly contemplative spirituality. 🙂

Enlarging the Heart

SantaTeresaTurn your eyes upon yourself and look at yourself inwardly….

You will find your Master; He will not fail you: indeed, the less outward comfort you have, the greater the joy He will give you.

He is full of compassion and never fails those who are afflicted and out of favour if they trust in Him alone….

Either you believe this or you do not: if you do, as you should, why do you wear yourselves to death with worry?

[…] I should like to be able to explain the nature of this holy companionship with our great Companion, the Holiest of the holy, in which there is nothing to hinder the soul and her Spouse from remaining alone together, when the soul desires to enter within herself, to shut the door behind her so as to keep out all that is worldly and to dwell in that Paradise with…

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