Monday, October 15, 2007

The Feast of Teresa of Avila

Teresa of Avila

Teresa, a nun and Doctor of the Church who died in 1582, had this to say about her life and times. Does this sound familiar?

Oh, how unfortunate the times and miserable the life in which we now life; happy are they whose good fortune it is to remain apart from the world. Sometimes it is a particular joy for me to see these Sisters gathered together and feeling such great joy at being in the monastery that they praise our Lord as much as possible. It is seen very clearly that their praises rise from the interior of the soul. I would want you to praise Him often, Sisters; for the one who begins awakens the others. In what better way can you, when together, use your tongues than in the praise of God, since we have so many reasons for praising Him?

--- The Interior Castle, 6:12

In peace,
The Rev. Linda McCloud
The Episcopal Church of Our Savior at Honey Creek

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