Teresa of Avila

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  • A rain cloud in the form of a foot [crushing the head of Satan] as seen from out front of the cave of Elijah on Mount Carmel
  • Scapular of the Little Brothers of Our Lady of Mount Carmel
  • The Coat of Arms of the Discalced Carmelites
  • The Donkey in his room at the Chaplains House in Lourdes, France, high above the Grotto, looking through the trees to the Discalced Carmelite Monastery
  • Looking down to the Mediterrainian from the Monastery Church of the hermits which was destroyed by Islamicist fanatics; by the way, the hermits were retired crusaders

I am grateful for the practical spiritual wherewithal of Saint Teresa of Avila. Have you read some of her works? This most un-well-read priest in the world, even I have read some things of hers. She’s great.

For anyone who has studied in Rome, this is a most fateful day, as it is the first day of classes for the academic year, at least it was back in the day, for decades. A good start.


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8 responses to “Teresa of Avila

  1. Tom Keen

    I’ve read her autobiography, and started “The Interior Castle”, which it would do me well to finish reading.

  2. Catherine

    I see that Youtube has notice that they have”unexpectedly closed down the connection” to the videos.

  3. Aussie Mum

    Catherine, if you mean Father’s videos above, try again as they are available now – I just watched them.

  4. Catherine

    Thank you Aussie Mum. You are right. It seems to be working fine now.


  5. Aussie Mum

    I’m sorry to say I haven’t read any of St Teresa of Avila’s works, only biographical snippets and her bookmark which states

    Let nothing disturb you,
    Let nothing frighten you,
    All things are passing;
    God only is changeless.
    Patience gains all things.
    Who has God wants nothing.
    God alone suffices.

    She lived in difficult times for the Church (born 2 years before Luther kicked off the Protestant Reformation). Our times are also difficult and I find the advice on her bookmark calming.

  6. Saint Teresa (along with Padre Pio) and other saints (of a spiritual nature) are inspirations for me.
    The first Saint I heard about (as a young child) was St Francis of Assisi and his connection with animals. His connection to God.
    These Saints and others give me comfort and lead me to where I need to be.

  7. Here with the body of St Mathew is one of the most peaceful and calming places I have ever been.


  8. Monica Harris

    I love that Flos Carmeli recording, thanks for putting it back up.

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