Quote of the day, 16 June: St. Teresa of Avila

The good that one who practices prayer possesses has been written of by many saints and holy persons; I mean mental prayer—glory be to God for this good! If it were not for this good, even though I have little humility, I should not be so proud as to dare speak about mental prayer.

I can speak of what I have experience of. It is that in spite of any wrong they who practice prayer do, they must not abandon prayer since it is the means by which they can remedy the situation; and to remedy it without prayer would be much more difficult. May the devil not tempt them, the way he did me, to give up prayer out of humility.

May those persons believe that God’s words cannot fail. For if we are truly repentant and resolve not to offend God, He will return to the former friendship and bestow the favors He previously did, and sometimes more if the repentance merits it.

Whoever has not begun the practice of prayer, I beg for the love of the Lord not to go without so great a good.

Saint Teresa of Avila

The Book of Her Life, chapter 8, no. 5

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.

Featured image: Bishop Silvio José Báez, O.C.D. (center) and Cardinal Leopoldo Brenes (right), along with other archdiocesan priests, seminarians, and volunteers pray together in the Metropolitan Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Managua, Nicaragua on 9 July 2018. They had just returned from the Basilica of St. Sebastian in Diriamba, Nicaragua, where their mission—accompanied by the apostolic nuncio—was to obtain the release of several volunteers who were held captive in the basilica by Sandinista conspirators. Although their mission was peaceful, they were met with violence. Bishop Báez and other members of the archdiocesan delegation were injured and bloodied in the melée and Bishop Báez’s episcopal insignia was stolen; thankfully, it was recovered later.

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  1. I continue to study St. Teresa and seem to stay confused; mental prayer is asking God mentally what He wants me to do? This comes from “The Art of Perfection”.

    1. Mental prayer is what we might call silent prayer, conversing with God silently, not out loud or “vocally.” For Teresa, she discusses different types of prayer; vocal prayer and mental prayer are the two basic forms. Her method favors silent prayer.

  2. Reading this during my morning God hour. What a lovely enriching treasure. I have the Life on my desk, unopened. It’s my favourite OCD book and I am obviously being nudged by God to start reading it!!!! Many thanks to you as so often.

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