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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
Remember that you have only one soul; that you have only one death to die; that you have only one life. . . . If you do this, there will be many things about which you care nothing.

R
Accustom yourself continually to make many acts of love, for they enkindle and melt the soul.
A
If we plant a flower or a shrub and water it daily it will grow so tall that in time we shall need a spade and a hoe to uproot it. It is just so, I think, when we commit a fault, however small, each day, and do not cure ourselves of it.
N
It is true that we cannot be free from sin, but at least let our sins not be always the same . . .
K
How is it, Lord, that we are cowards in everything save in opposing Thee?
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: "Maxims for Her Nuns," in "Selected Writings of St. Teresa of Avila, ed. E. Allison Peers, tr., William J. Doheny, 1950.
R: "Maxims for Her Nuns," in "Selected Writings of St. Teresa of Avila, ed. E. Allison Peers, tr., William J. Doheny, 1950.
A: "Conception of Love of God," 1571; in "Selected Writings of St. Teresa of Avila, ed. E. Allison Peers, tr., William J. Doheny, 1950.
N: "Conception of Love of God," 1571; in "Selected Writings of St. Teresa of Avila, ed. E. Allison Peers, tr., William J. Doheny, 1950.
K: "Exclamations of Soul to God," 1569, in "Selected Writings of St. Teresa of Avila, ed. E. Allison Peers, tr., William J. Doheny, 1950.
   


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