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St. Teresa of Avila
(1515-1582) born on
Mar 28
Spanish mystic, poet. She was one of the great mystics and religious women of the Roman Catholic church; author of spiritual classics, e.g., "The Interior Castle," 1575.
         
   
F
How is it that there are not many who are led by sermons to forsake open sin? Do you know what I think? That is because preachers have too much worldly wisdom.

R
Untilled soil, however fertile it may be, will bear thistles and thorns; and so it is with man's mind.
A
. . . about the injunction of the Apostle Paul that women should keep silent in church? Don't go by one text only.
N
I only wish I could write with both hands, so as not to forget one thing while I am saying another.
K
Patient endurance
Attaineth to all things;
Who God possesseth
In nothing is wanting;
Alone God sufficeth.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: "Life," 1562; in "The Complete Works of Saint Teresa of Jesus," Vol. 1, ed./tr. E. Allison Peers, 1946.
R: "Maxims for Her Nuns," in "Selected Writings of St. Teresa of Avila, ed. E. Allison Peers, tr., William J. Doheny, 1950.
A: Letter; published in "Women of the Reformation," Vol. 111: "From Spain to Scandinavia," by Roland H. Bainton, 1977.
N: "Way of Perfection," Ch. 20, 1579,in "The Complete Works of Saint Teresa of Jesus," Vol. II, ed./tr. E. Allison Peers, 1946.
K: "Nothing disturbs thee," aka "Saint Teresa,s Bookmark," in "An Anthology of Spanish Poetry," ed. John A. Crow, 1979.
   


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