Perfection of life consists in drawing close to God. Heaven is the possession of God. In heaven, God is contemplated, adored, loved.
But to attain heaven it’s necessary to be detached from what is earthly.
What is the life of a Carmelite if not one of contemplating, adoring, and loving God incessantly? And she, by being desirous for that heaven, distances herself from the world and tries to detach herself as much as possible from everything earthly.
Saint Teresa of the Andes
Her intimate spiritual diary
Resolutions, Autumn 1919 (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.