Quote of the day: 18 March

I understood that I had a great obligation to serve our Lady and St. Joseph (St. Teresa of Avila)

Image of St. Joseph and the Child Jesus venerated in the Carmel of St. Joseph, Avila | Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons (Public Domain)

I read in a book that it was an imperfection to have ornate paintings. So I didn’t want to keep one I had in my cell. Even before I read this it seemed to me a practice of poverty not to have any other images than paper ones. And since it was after I had formed this opinion that I read the above, I had no longer kept any other kind. And having forgotten about this, I heard the following: that what I wanted to do was not a good mortification (what was better, poverty or charity?); that since love was the better, I shouldn’t renounce anything that awakened my love, nor should I take such a thing away from my nuns; that the book was talking about the many carvings and adornments surrounding the picture and not about the picture itself; that what the devil did among the Lutherans was take away all the means for awakening love, and so they went astray. “My Christians, daughter, must now more than ever do the opposite of what they do.”

I understood that I had a great obligation to serve our Lady and St. Joseph; for often when I went off the path completely, God gave me salvation again through their prayers.

Saint Teresa of Avila

Spiritual Testimony 26
Avila, date uncertain

Teresa of Avila, St. 1985, The Collected Works of St. Teresa of Avila, translated from the Spanish by Kavanaugh, K; Rodriguez, O, ICS Publications, Washington DC.

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