Quote of the day: 12 November

O my Lord, since it seems You have determined to save me, I beseech Your Majesty that it may be so. And since You have granted me as many favors as You have, don’t You think it would be good (not for my gain but for Your honor) if the inn where You have so continually to dwell were not to get so dirty?

Saint Teresa of Avila
The Book of Her Life, 1.8

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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  1. What a delightfully humble way of putting it!! I really must get my Life out again. I remember telling Fr Matt Blake OCD, at the one retreat of his I attended, where he explained the Life to us, that I had also wasted decades of my life. I can still see him as he leaned forward, animated, and said enthusiastically, “Well, if it gets you to where it got Teresa!!!” – I like to think Father was right and it has done, at least in terms of surrender and commitment, and in understanding I cannot do it on my own strength, yet as my old Formator told me, ‘determined determination’. I absolutely love the Life. You would think it was written in the 1940s, not hundreds of years ago. My favourite Carmelite book.

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