Thursday, October 15, 2020

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.

  St Teresa of Avila
 Spain ~ 1515-1582
Carmelite Contemplative, Reformer, Mystic,
Prolific Writer*
*Way of PerfectionInterior Castle,
The Life of Teresa of Jesus (Autobiography)
Feast Day - October 15 
Painting: St Teresa of Avila Receiving Communion - Claudio Coello

"Christ has no body on earth but yours, no hands but yours, no feet but yours. Yours are the eyes through which Christ's compassion for the world is to look out; yours are the feet with which He is to go about doing good; and yours are the hands with which He is to bless us now." ~ St Teresa of Avila

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