Thursday, October 15, 2015

Opening the eyes of the soul...

...those who seek the LORD lack no good thing. - Psalm 34:10b

"After having received the Lord, since you have the Person Himself present, strive to close the eyes of the body and open those of the soul and look into your heart.

For I tell you again, and would like to tell you many times that you should acquire the habit of doing this every time you receive Communion and strive to have such a conscience that you will be allowed to enjoy this blessing frequently.

Though He comes disguised, the disguise as I have said, does not prevent Him from being recognized in many ways, in conformity with the desire we have to see Him. And you can desire to see Him so much that He will reveal Himself to you entirely." ~ St. Teresa of Avila: Way of Perfection 34:12.

  Image: St Teresa of Avila Receiving Communion - Claudio Coello

St Teresa of Avila
 Spain ~ 1515-1582
2015: 500 year anniv of birth year
Carmelite Contemplative, Reformer
Prolific Writer*
*Way of PerfectionInterior Castle,
The Life of Teresa of Jesus (Autobiography)
FEAST DAY - October 15

  St. Teresa’s most popularly known writing is a brief poem known as her 
“Bookmark”, because it was found in her prayer book after her death in 1582.

Original Spanish:

Nada te turbe,
nada te espante;
todo se pasa,
Dios no se muda.
La pacientia todo lo alcanza.
Quien a Dios tiene nada la falta:
solo Dios basta.

Let nothing disturb you,
Let nothing frighten you,
All things are passing away:
God never changes.
Patience obtains all things.
Whoever has God lacks nothing;
God alone suffices. 

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