Quote of the day, 22 February: St. Teresa of Avila

Once while I was a recollected in this company I always bear with me in my soul, God seemed so present to me that I thought of St. Peter’s words: You are Christ, Son of the living God. (Mt 16:16) For God was thus living in my soul. This presence is not like other visions, because it is accompanied by such living faith that one cannot doubt that the Trinity is in our souls by presence, power, and essence. It is an extremely beneficial thing to understand this truth. Since I was amazed to see such majesty in something so lowly as my soul, I heard: “It is not lowly, daughter, for it is made in My image.” I also understood some things about why God delights to be with souls more than with other creatures. These matters were so subtle that even though my intellect understood them immediately, I shall not be able to explain them.

Saint Teresa of Avila

Spiritual Testimonies, 49
Probably Seville, 1575

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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