Quote of the day, 17 January: St. Teresa of Avila

I always reread your letters, which requires a bit of time, and now I haven’t had time to reread your last one except in bits and pieces.

You shouldn’t make the effort to read over those you send me. I never reread mine. If some word is missing, put it in, and I will do the same here with yours. The meaning is at once clear, and it is a waste of time to reread them unnecessarily.

Saint Teresa of Avila

Letter 177 to her brother Lorenza de Cepeda (excerpt)
17 January 1577

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: This image of Letter 148 from St. Teresa to the prioress in Seville comes from a rare book collection. Photo credit: rrocio | Getty Images/iStockphoto.

5 thoughts on “Quote of the day, 17 January: St. Teresa of Avila

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  1. Oh, I LOVE this! I don’t usually reread my letters (there’s exceptions, but I don’t reread my letters to regular penpals and I don’t reread paper letters), but I always reread my messages on internet & text messaging. Funny how that works.

    1. What a great comment! And you’re right about the difference between written letters and online content. Thanks for sharing… please keep coming back and bring your friends!

  2. Lol, I just finished an email and put it into drafts. I’m about to re read it anxiously before sending it. I’ve much still to learn from the saints…

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