Quote of the day, 9 February: St. Teresa of Avila

Spiritual Testimonies, No. 6

Our Lord encourages her to make more foundations and to write their history

Right after I received Communion, on the second day of Lent, in St. Joseph’s at Malagón, our Lord Jesus Christ appeared to me in an imaginative vision, as He usually does. While I was gazing upon Him, I saw in place of the crown of thorns a crown of great brilliance on His head, there where the wounds must have been made.

Since I am devoted to this episode of the Passion, I was very much consoled and began to think how great the torment must have been since there were so many wounds; and I became afflicted. The Lord told me that I shouldn’t grieve over those wounds, but over the many that were now inflicted upon Him. I asked Him what I could do as a remedy for this because I was determined to do everything I could.

He told me:

  • that now was not the time for rest, but that I should hurry to establish these houses;
  • that He found his rest with the souls living in them;
  • that I should accept as many houses as given me since there were many persons who did not serve Him because they had no place for it;
  • that those houses I founded in small towns should be like this one, for, by desire, as much could be merited as in the other houses;
  • that I should strive to put all the houses under the government of a superior; that I should insist that the interior peace not be lost through a concern for bodily sustenance;
  • that He would help us so nothing would be lacking;
  • that the sick especially should be cared for;
  • that a prioress who did not provide for and favor the sick was like Job’s friends (Job 16:1-2);
  • that He made use of the scourge for the good of souls, and that in such an event they should practice patience; and,
  • that I should write about the foundation of these houses.

I thought of how in regard to the house at Medina I never understood anything in a way that I could write of its foundation. He told me that that was all the more reason to write of it since He wanted it to be seen that the Medina foundation had been miraculous. He meant that He alone founded that house since it had seemed absolutely impossible to found. And as a result I decided to write about the founding of these houses.

Saint Teresa of Avila

Malagón, 9 February 1570

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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