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Teresa of Avila
(1515-1582 AD). Spanish Christian mystic.
"Let nothing disturb thee; Let nothing dismay thee; All thing pass; God never changes. Patience attains All that it strives for. He who has God Finds he lacks nothing: God alone suffices."
"Let nothing disturb thee, nothing affright thee; all things are passing; God never changeth."
"Be gentle to all, and stern with yourself."
"To reach something good it is very useful to have gone astray, and thus acquire experience."
"Each of us has a soul, but we forget to value it. We don’t remember that we are creatures made in the image of God. We don’t understand the great secrets hidden inside of us."
“Beginners in prayer, we can say, are those who draw water from the well. This involves a lot of work on their own part. They must tire themselves in trying to recollect their senses. Since they are accustomed to being distracted, this recollection requires much effort. They need to get accustomed to caring nothing at all about seeing or hearing, to practicing the hours of prayer, and thus to solitude and withdrawl - and to thinking on their past life. In the beginning such reflection is even painful, for they do not fully understand whether or not they are repentant of their sins. If they are, they are then determined to serve God earnestly. They must strive to consider the life of Christ - and the intellect grows weary in doing this.
These are the things we can do of ourselves, with the understanding that we do so by the help of God, for without this help we cannot have so much as a good thought."
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