October 15th Feast of Our Holy Mother St Teresa of Jesus

October 15th Feast of Our Holy Mother St Teresa of Jesus

Today we celebrate the feast of our great Mother and teacher, St Teresa of Jesus (of Avila). Below are a few passages from her writings on prayer. To learn more about her teaching on prayer or about her own life you might like to listen to the podcasts on this site.

Whoever has not begun the practice of prayer, I beg for the love of the Lord not to go without so great a good. There is nothing here to fear but only something to desire.

If God should desire to raise us to the position of one who is an intimate and shares his secrets, we ought to accept this gladly.

Mental prayer in my opinion is nothing else than an intimate sharing between friends; it means taking time frequently to be alone with Him who we know loves us. The important thing is not to think much but to love much and so do that which best stirs you to love. Love is not great delight but desire to please God in everything.