Today, St Teresa of Avila

Ecstasy of St Teresa by Bernini

Just so you don’t miss it, today is the Feast of St Teresa of Avila (aka St Teresa of Jesus, 1515-1582), according to my 1946 Breviarium Romanum. I first encountered St Teresa due to her connection with St John of the Cross (San Juan de la Cruz — way cooler in Spanish).

How should you honour this Carmelite mystic?

Sit still.

Seek the Presence of God, Who dwells at the centre of your soul, in the Interior Castle. Ignore the lizards. Get within, and the God Who indwells everything will be found to be waiting.

Maybe do a little reading? Her two most famous works, The Interior Castle and  The Life of St Teresa are available online. I’ve only ever read the first. You could also read excerpts of her work.

I’ve written about her and St John of the Cross; she was saint of the week here, while he was saint of the week here. I’ve also written a post about the lizards of the Interior Castle.

To close, here’s a prayer from my breviary, translated by me:

Give ear to us, O God, our Salvation, so that, just as we rejoice in the feast of your Blessed Virgin Teresa, so also we may be nourished by the food of her heavenly teaching, and be instructed by the desire of pious devotion. Through the Lord …

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