Archive | October, 2018

encouragement in trials, St. Teresa of Avila,

Facing Trials with St. Teresa

JESUS! May the Holy Spirit be with you! I have made this journey with a very heavy heart, for I deeply regretted leaving Valladolid after receiving a letter from his Lordship the Bishop stating that you were undergoing a severe trial, although not explaining what it was. Had it not come on the eve of

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30 Days with Teresa of Avila, Dan Burke and Anthony Lilles, spiritual warfare

St. Teresa on Spiritual Warfare

JESUS! As regards the licenses, with the help of heaven I hope to get the king’s easily. There may be a certain amount of worry about it, as I know by experience that Satan cannot endure our houses and always persecutes us, but God is all-powerful and the evil one goes off with a broken

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30 Days with Teresa of Avila, detachment

St. Teresa on Detachment

JESUS! May the grace of the Holy Spirit be with you! Although I have not written before, you may be sure that I have not forgotten you in my poor prayers to our Lord and that I shared your happiness. May He permit you to enjoy it in His service for many years, for I

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St. Therese of Lisieux, Scrupulosity, Living the Mystery of Merciful Love

St. Thérèse’s Antidote to Scrupulosity

MY DEAR LITTLE SISTER, You did well to write to me, and I understand everything . . . everything, everything, everything! . . . You haven’t committed the shadow of any evil; I know what these kinds of temptations are so well that I can assure you of this without any fear, and, besides, Jesus

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peace in suffering, therese of lisieux, 30 days with therese of lisieux

St. Thérèse: Peace Is Not the Same as Joy

JESUS! . . . Dear Little Céline, Your letter gave great sadness to my soul! Poor little Papa! . . . No, the thoughts of Jesus are not our thoughts, and His ways are not our ways. . . . He is offering us a chalice as bitter as our feeble nature can bear! .

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St Therese of Liseux, suffering, Living the Sacrifice of Merciful Love

Suffering as an Expression of Common Love

CÉLINE . . . JESUS must love you with a special love to be trying you in this way. Do you know that I am almost jealous of you? To those who love more He gives more, and to those who love less He gives less! . . .

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St. Thérèse on Long-Suffering and Prayer

OH! PAULINE, it is very true that a drop of gall must be mingled in all chalices; I find that trials help very much in detaching us from this earth. They make us look higher than this world. Here below, nothing can satisfy us. We cannot enjoy a little rest except in being ready to

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St. Therese of Lisieux, Act of Oblation to Merciful Love, 30 Days with Therese of Lisieux

St. Thérèse’s Act of Oblation to Merciful Love

St. Thérèse believes that God is ready to set our humanity on fire. Though we are guilty before the Face of God, the Father does not look on us with anger, but gazes on us to contemplate His only begotten Son. He is no passive observer of human affairs. He stands ready to give everything

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