I tell you that I am very sorry about your fever. Why do you tell me that you are well? I’m bothered by that. But take care to see if it isn’t caused by amenorrhea, and do something about it. Don’t let it take root. I strongly suspect that it leaves you at times; this consoles me.
I suggest you apply some ointments or things to mitigate the fever, and don’t fail to tell the doctor. I think you usually have yourself bled every year. Perhaps this would benefit you, as the subprioress says. What I’m telling you is not to stay in the state you are in, waiting until it will be too late for a remedy. May God make you well.
I haven’t heard anything from Malagón for days. I’m worried, and the doctors don’t give me any hope for the prioress’s return to health. All the signs and symptoms point to tuberculosis.
“God is life, and he can give it. Always keep praying for this…” #StTeresaOfAvilaTweet
God is life, and he can give it. Always keep praying for this—also for a person to whom I owe a great deal—and tell everyone to do so, and give them my regards, for their letters are a delight to me. I don’t know if I will have a chance to answer them.
Saint Teresa of Avila
Letter 148 to Madre María de San José
11 November 1576
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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