St. Teresa of Avila

"Saint Teresa of Ávila" (detail) by Peter Paul Rubens

Daily Catholic Quote — from St. Teresa of Ávila

“I was helped in having a deeper desire to undergo difficult trials, and I was left with a longing to serve our Lady since she deserved this so much.” (St. Teresa of Ávila, Doctor of the Church) The Memorial of St. Teresa of Ávila, Virgin and Doctor of the Church (1515 – 1582), is October 15. Please share on social media. Print […]

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Where in the World is Carmel?

An interesting question in more ways than one! And one that requires some thought. Just to clear up any confusion right at the beginning, Carmel doesn’t mean the delicious, sweet, sticky candy. That is caramel, with a different spelling and three syllables! The word Carmel is of Hebrew origin and means a “garden, orchard, or park.” So, would we be […]

"Saint Teresa of Ávila" (detail) by Peter Paul Rubens

Daily Catholic Quote — from St. Teresa of Avila

“We shall never learn to know ourselves except by endeavoring to know God; for, beholding His greatness, we realize our own littleness; His purity shows us our foulness; and by meditating upon His humility we find how very far we are from being humble.”  (St. Teresa of Avila, Doctor of the Church) The Memorial of St. Teresa of of Jesus, […]

"Saint Teresa of Ávila" (detail) by Peter Paul Rubens

Daily Catholic Quote — from St. Teresa of Avila

“All things fail; but Thou, Lord of all, never failest!” (St. Teresa of Avila, Doctor of the Church, The Life of St. Teresa of Jesus, Chapter XXV) The Memorial of St. Teresa of of Jesus, Virgin and Doctor of the Church (1515 – 1582) is October 15. Please share on social media. Print this entry

St. Teresa's Interior Castle

The Interior Castle: Saint Teresa’s Diamond

The De Beers Jewelry marketing slogan of “Diamonds are Forever” might have been a perfect catchphrase for Saint Teresa’s “Diamond”, better known to us as the Interior Castle. However, this company was not yet around in 1577 when she was ordered to write another book. “Forever” was a well-chosen word because of the properties and symbolism inherent in the diamond. […]

"Saint Teresa of Ávila" (detail) by Peter Paul Rubens

Daily Catholic Quote — from St. Teresa of Avila

“It is no small pity, and should cause us no little shame, that, through our own fault, we do not understand ourselves, or know who we are.” (St. Teresa of Avila, Doctor of the Church, Interior Castle, First Mansion, Chapter 1) The Memorial of St. Teresa of of Jesus, Virgin and Doctor of the Church (1515 – 1582) is October 15. Print this entry

Why does my faith walk seem so lonely to me at times?

Dear Sister, Sometimes the living of my Catholic faith is a lonely walk for me. Why is that?  Am I doing anything wrong?  Sometimes I think, “Am I the only one feeling this way?” I’ve never had theology classes and would appreciate anything you could send my way to help me understand why I feel so alone sometimes in my […]

St. Thérèse of Lisieux (left) and St. Teresa of Avila (right)

St. Teresa and St. Thérèse

2 Doctors, 2 Ways, 1 Goal Many of you probably have seen the 1965 film entitled The Sound of Music starring Julie Andrews as Maria Von Trapp and Christopher Plummer as Captain Von Trapp. The first verse of the theme song goes like this: Climb every mountain, Search high and low, Follow every highway, Every path you know. Do you […]

"Saint Teresa of Ávila" (detail) by Peter Paul Rubens

Daily Catholic Quote — from St. Teresa of Ávila

  “Christ has no body now but mine. He prays in me, works in me, looks through my eyes, speaks through my words, works through my hands, walks with my feet and loves with my heart.” (St. Teresa of Ávila) The Memorial of St. Teresa of Jesus, Virgin and Doctor of the Church (1515 – 1582) is October 15. Print […]

"Christ and the Woman of Samaria" (detail) by Paolo Veronese

If Only You Knew… St. Teresa and the Four Waters of Prayer

“If you knew the gift of God.” Jesus tired and thirsty sat down at a well and there encountered a Samaritan woman who had come to draw water. Asking her for a drink, “He said to her, ‘If you knew the gift of God and who is saying to you, Give me a drink, you would have asked him and […]