Thursday, October 15, 2009

One of My Favorites

I just can't let today go by without mentioning that it's the feast day of the great St. Teresa of Avila. One of my favorite saints, she was a most remarkable woman. 
"Teresa was a woman 'for God,' a woman of prayer, discipline and compassion. Her heart belonged to God. Her own conversion was no overnight affair; it was an arduous lifelong struggle, involving ongoing purification and suffering. She was misunderstood, misjudged, opposed in her efforts at reform. Yet she struggled on, courageous and faithful....and in the midst of all this she clung to God in life and prayer. Her writings on prayer and contemplation are drawn from her experience: powerful, practical and graceful-a woman of prayer-a woman for God." (from
What else could such an extraordinary, gifted woman of God do, but cling to God. My favorite prayer of late is just simply, "Jesus be near to me." That sums it all up for me.

Her famous words of comfort and prayer-

Let nothing trouble you
Let nothing frighten you
All is fleeting, God alone is unchanging
Patience obtains everything
Who possesses God
Wants nothing, for God alone is enough
St. Teresa of Avila-Saint and Doctor of the Church