The house of Bethany was the delight of Jesus when He was on earth; it was His favorite dwelling. There He was intimately known by Lazarus, served by Martha and madly loved by Mary.
The Carmelite being close to Jesus reproduces that intimate life now. She learns to love Him and serve Him according to His will. She is His refuge in the midst of the world, she with His chosen ones is His favorite dwelling place.
Saint Teresa of the Andes
Her intimate spiritual diary
58. The life of a Carmelite. Resolutions. (excerpt)
Griffin, M D & Teresa of the Andes, S 2021, God, The Joy of My Life: A Biography of Saint Teresa of the Andes With the Saint’s Spiritual Diary, ICS Publications, Washington DC.
Featured image: Mary anoints Jesus’ feet at Bethany (cf. Jn 12:1–11), a stained glass window from Grace Episcopal Church in New York City. Photo Credit: Father Lawrence Lew, OP / Flickr (Some rights reserved)
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