A Prayer by St Teresa of Avila on a Mystic Monday

Although I have often abandoned You,
O Lord, you have never abandoned me.
Your hand of love is always outstretched towards me,
even when I stubbornly look the other way.
And Your gentle voice constantly calls me,
even when I obstinately refuse to listen…

What a good friend You are, Lord!
You are so patient, willing to wait
as long as necessary for me to turn to You.
You rejoice at the times when I love You, but
You do not hold against me the times when I ignore You.
Your patience is beyond my understanding.
Even when I pray, my mind fills with
worldly concerns and vain daydreams.
Yet you are happy
if I give only a single second of honest prayer,
turning that second into a seed of love.

Oh Lord, I enjoy your friendship so much,
why is it not possible for me to think of you constantly?


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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2 Responses to A Prayer by St Teresa of Avila on a Mystic Monday

  1. Gail Bays says:

    I just loved this. It was so beautiful. If we could on think of him constantly, would that be nice?

  2. Anne Comeaux says:

    Thanks for a good Monday morning reminder.

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