Marie du jour 2023, 19 May: St. Teresa of Avila

Let us, my daughters, imitate in some way the great humility of the Blessed Virgin, whose habit we wear, for it is embarrassing to call ourselves her nuns. However much it seems to us that we humble ourselves, we fall far short of being the daughters of such a Mother and the brides of such a Spouse.

Saint Teresa of Avila

The Way of Perfection, chap. 13 no. 3 (excerpt)

Humility: a nun standing in a room near a bed, holding a ball in her hand and stepping on a crown with her foot
Flemish Emblems Series
Anonymous 17th c. Flemish artist
Engraving on paper, 1685-1686
Department of Prints and Drawings, British Museum
Image credit: British Museum Online Collection (Public domain)

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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