A Second WYD Patron Saint: St. Teresa of Avila


[St. Teresa of Avila was many things: a religious sister, a reformer, a writer, a mystic, and one of only three female DOCTORS — important and recognized teachers of the Church.  She is another WYD patron saint. Hers is a remarkable story of courage and conviction in the face of resistance and suffering.

But she also had a great sense of humor.  She is quoted: “God, deliver me from sullen saints.” Consider two often repeated anecdotes.

One day a young nun approached Saint Teresa and confessed to an endless list of spiritual trials and great sins.  Having listened for some time, Saint Teresa offered a word of advice: “We know, sister, that none of us is perfect,” she declared. “Just take care that your sins don’t turn into bad habits.”

After falling in the mud, Saint Teresa of Avila muttered: “No wonder you
have so few friends, Lord, the way you treat them!”

Once more, I have some quotations for you to think and pray about.   I invite you to choose the one that speaks to you most in the poll.  You are also welcome to explain why in the comments section at the bottom of the post.]

We can only learn to know ourselves and do what we can –
namely, surrender our will and fulfill God’s will in us.

If we plant a flower or a shrub and water it daily
it will grow so tall that in time
we shall need a spade and a hoe to uproot it.
It is just so, I think, when we commit a fault,
however small, each day, and do not cure ourselves of it.

Christ has no body now, but yours.
No hands, no feet on earth, but yours.
Yours are the eyes through which
Christ looks compassion into the world.
Yours are the feet with which Christ walks to do good.
Yours are the hands with which Christ blesses the world.

Always think of yourself as everyone’s servant;
look for Christ Our Lord in everyone and
you will then have respect and reverence for them all.

[For more about St Teresa, click here.  To buy the icon above, click here.]


About Paul Wharton

I am a cradle Catholic, a native West Virginian, and a priest since April 24, 1982. Spiritual Direction has made a tremendous difference in my life and I encourage people to try it out. My motto is "Progress not perfection." I am grateful that God has done for me what I could not do for myself.
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