Thursday, October 15, 2009

Today is the Feast of St. Teresa of Avila, Nun, 1582

A Saint whose writings I admire indeed.

Via Speaking to the Soul, here's something I strive for (if only I could!), this, from a fine excerpt from Interior Castle:
But no, sisters, no; what the Lord desires is works. If you see a sick woman to whom you can give some help, never be affected by the fear that your devotion will suffer, but take pity on her: if she is in pain, you should feel pain too; if necessary, fast so that she may have your food, not so much for her sake as because you know it to be your Lord’s will. That is true union with his will.

So ask Our Lord to grant you this perfect love for your neighbour, and allow His Majesty to work, and, if you use your best endeavours and strive after this in every way that you can, he will give you more even than you can desire. If the opportunity presents itself, try to shoulder some trial in order to relieve your neighbour of it.

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