Well then, how is it Lord, that you weren’t thinking of the laborious death You were about to suffer, so painful and frightful? You answer: “No, my great love and the desire I have that souls be saved are incomparably more important than these sufferings; and the very greatest sorrows that I have suffered and do suffer, after being in the world, are not enough to be considered anything at all in comparison with this love and desire to save souls.”
Saint Teresa of Avila
The Interior Castle, V, ch. 2, no. 13
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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