Quotes by Saint Teresa of Avila

Saint Teresa of Ávila, also called Saint Teresa of Jesus, baptized as Teresa Sánchez de Cepeda y Ahumada, was a prominent Spanish mystic, Roman Catholic saint, Carmelite nun, author, and theologian of contemplative life through mental prayer. Active during the Counter-Reformation, she was a reformer in the Carmelite Order of her time; the movement she initiated, later joined by Saint John of the Cross, eventually led to the establishment of the Discalced Carmelites, though neither she nor John were alive when the two orders separated. In 1622, forty years after her death, she was canonized by Pope Gregory XV, and, on 27 September 1970, she was named a Doctor of the Church by Pope Paul VI.

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Quote by Saint Teresa of Avila

Prayer is an act of love; words are not needed. Even if sickness distracts from thoughts, all that is needed is the will to love.

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Quote by Saint Teresa of Avila

Mental prayer in my opinion is nothing else than an intimate sharing between friends; it means taking time frequently to be alone with Him who we know loves us. The important thing is not to think much but to love much and so do that which best stirs you to love. Love is not great delight but desire to please God in everything.

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Quote by Saint Teresa of Avila

Be gentle to all and stern with yourself.

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Quote by Saint Teresa of Avila

All things must come to the soul from its roots, from where it is planted.

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Quote by Saint Teresa of Avila

For prayer is nothing else than being on terms of friendship with God.

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