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The Lord permits

August 23
"It constantly happens that the Lord permits a soul to fall so that it may grow humbler. When it is honest, and realizes what it has done, and returns, it makes ever-increasing progress in our Lord's service."
-St. Teresa of Avila
Today's Reflection:
While this quote does not give me permission to sin, it does help me to see that God works all things to the good, and even my mistakes can be an occasion for spiritual growth. About what one situation, circumstance, failing, fault, or sin does this speak most to me about today? I will praise God for His love and never failing mercy.
  

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It is by humility

August 18
"It is by humility that the Lord allows Himself to be conquered so that He will do all we ask of Him."
-St. Teresa of Avila
Today's Reflection:
Do I allow myself to be conquered by humility so that I can do all the Lord asks of me? What evidence do I have of this in my life?
  

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Know ourselves

August 2
"We shall never learn to know ourselves except by endeavoring to know God; for, beholding His greatness, we realize our own littleness; His purity shows us our foulness; and by meditating upon His humility we find how very far we are from being humble."
     -St. Teresa of Avila
Today's Reflection:
According to St. Teresa of Avila, why is meditating on the attributes of God an appropriate way to begin to cultivate the virtue of humility? Where do you most see yourself in the reflection above?
  

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Untilled ground

July 5
"Untilled ground, however rich, will bring forth thistles and thorns; so also the mind of man."
- St. Teresa of Avila
Today's Reflection
Make a list of the various ways we can "till" the ground of our mind so that it will bring forth abundant fruit for the Kingdom of God. What resolution am I willing to make in this regard?
  

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Strong pillar of prayer

April 14
"How often I have failed in my duty to God, because I was not leaning on the strong pillar of prayer."
-St. Teresa of Avila, her Life (paraphrase)
Today's Reflection
Is this my lament, too? What resolution am I willing to make?
  

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Women of Grace: St. Teresa of Avila (1515 - 1582)

St. Teresa of Avila shows us it is never too late to get serious about our prayer life. Born Dona Teresa Sanchez Cepeda Davila y Ahumada, Teresa was an active child with a big imagination and great sensitivity of heart. Little Teresa and her brother Roderigo were intrigued by the lives of the saints and the martyrs, and often sought to imitate their holy example.

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Women of Grace: St. Teresa of Avila (1515 - 1582)

St. Teresa of Avila shows us it is never too late to get serious about our prayer life. Born Dona Teresa Sanchez Cepeda Davila y Ahumada, Teresa was an active child with a big imagination and great sensitivity of heart. Little Teresa and her brother Roderigo were intrigued by the lives of the saints and the martyrs, and often sought to imitate their holy example.

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Small Things Done With Great Love

Helen Keller with Anne Sullivan in 1888 (Photo courtesy of Wikicommons)

By Ellen Mongan

“I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks, as if they were great and noble.” Who do you think said that? St. Therese, the little flower of Jesus? St. Teresa of Calcutta? St. Teresa of Avila? No! The correct answer is Helen Keller.

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The Prayer Webinar: Your Questions Answered

We have had quite a bit of interest in our upcoming series of webinars on prayer which will take place on Tuesday evenings at 8:00 p.m. EST beginning August 7 and running through September 11. People are wondering if they can skip a class, where they will get their homework assignments, how they will connect to the webinar, etc. The following will answer some of these questions.

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Humility

August 12

August 12

It is amusing to see souls who, while they are at prayer, fancy they are willing to be despised and publicly insulted for the love of God, yet afterwards do all they can to hide their small defects; if anyone unjustly accuses them of a fault, God deliver us from their outcries!"

                                                                                    -St. Teresa of Avila

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