Saint Teresa of Ávila

"The Cardinal and Theological Virtues" (detail) by Raphael [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Prudence and Knowing When to Quit

“And if any one loves righteousness, her labors are virtues; for she teaches self-control and prudence, justice and courage; nothing in life is more profitable for men than these.” (Wisdom 8:7). “Don’t be a quitter!”  It’s a phrase frequently used to encourage—or belittle.  It goes along with that silly challenge to “Go outside your comfort zone.”  But I have been […]

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

Daily Catholic Quote — from St. Teresa of Avila

“So dearly does His Majesty love us that He will reward our love for our neighbor by increasing the love which we bear to Himself, and that in a thousand ways.” (St. Teresa of Avila, Doctor of the Church) The Memorial of St. Teresa of Avila, Virgin and Doctor of the Church (1515-1582), is October 15. Please share on social media. Print […]

Humility: An Unachievable Virtue?

“Every one that exalteth himself, shall be humbled; and he that humbleth himself, shall be exalted” (Luke 14:11). Humility is a rather slippery virtue.  It’s one of the most important to have, but it’s impossible to achieve.  Once you set out to become proficient in humility, it has dissolved!  If you strive to grow in it by your actions, the moment you […]

"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 […]