Quote of the day: 28 March

On Wednesday, on the twenty-eighth day of March, of the year 1515, was born my daughter Teresa, at five o’clock in the morning, half an hour before or after (it was just about to dawn on that said Wednesday).

Don Alonso Sánchez de Cepeda

Take, O Lord, my loving heart:
See, I yield it to Thee whole,
With my body, life, and soul
And my nature’s every part.
Sweetest Spouse, my Life Thou art;
I have given myself to Thee:
What wilt Thou have done with me?

I am Thine, and born for Thee:
What wilt Thou have done with me?

Vuestra soy, para Vos nací (excerpt)
Translated by E. Allison Peers

First miracle of Saint Teresa of Jesus. Resurrection of her nephew Gonzalo Ovalle, son of her sister doña Juana de Ahumada
Luis de Madrazo y Kuntz (Spanish, 1825-1897)
Oil on canvas, 1855
Copyright de la imagen ©Museo Nacional del Prado (Used by permission)

One day when Gonzalo was about four years old his father found him hanging unconscious from the lintel of a door frame. He brought him to Teresa who took him in her arms tenderly, embraced, and prayed over him for about an hour and a half until little by little the small child began to give signs of life. Teresa then handed him over to his parents. They never were sure whether he had been actually dead or not.

Kieran Kavanaugh, O.C.D.

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.

2 thoughts on “Quote of the day: 28 March

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  1. i read she said once we get to heaven, all the problems of our life will be like a stay in an inconvenient hotel. that gives me a sense, yet again, of how temporary this world and our problems are. she had true faith

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