Letting ourselves be conquered by the loving gaze of Jesus is the beginning of a new and eternal life.
Having stated previously that "there is no path that leads more quickly to the highest perfection than obedience," today St. Teresa intends to explain why, in her opinion, obedience "is the quickest or best means for reaching this most happy state."
St. Teresa drives to the heart of her teaching on prayer, obedience, and perfection: "there is no path that leads more quickly to the highest perfection than obedience."
In matters touching on obedience He doesn't want the soul who truly loves Him to take any other path than the one He did: obediens usque ad mortem.
As we observe the 450th anniversary of St. Teresa's return to Avila under obedience to the Apostolic Visitor, we meditate on her teaching concerning obedience: "there is no path that leads more quickly to the highest perfection than obedience"
"Let's love our littleness, let's love not feeling anything, then we'll be poor in spirit and Jesus will come looking for us"
"The weaker we are, without desires, without virtues, the more suitable we are for the workings of this consuming and transforming Love..."
For the blinder love is the more it gives such life, holding the soul surrendered, living without light in darkness.
"My desires for martyrdom are nothing... My desires are a consolation that Jesus grants at times to weak souls like mine"
In this year's novena, our reflections will focus on St. Thérèse's mission to help us love God as she did. Our readings will come from Letter 197, written 17 September 1896 to her sister Marie of the Sacred Heart.
At the foot of the cross, seeing its savior drink the bitter chalice to the very dregs, solely out of love for her, seeing him immolate himself for her sins, the soul dissolves with love for him
The more wounded the lover, the healthier the lover is, and the cure caused by love is to wound and inflict wound upon wound, to such an extent that the entire soul is dissolved into a wound of love.
On the fourth step of this ladder of love a habitual yet unwearisome suffering is engendered on account of the Beloved. As St. Augustine says: Love makes all burdensome and heavy things nearly nothing [Cf. Sermo 70, De verbis Domini in Evangelium S. Matthei, para. 3] The bride spoke of this step when, desiring to... Continue Reading →
Those who do not relish this language God speaks within them must not think on this account that others do not taste it. St. Peter tasted it in his soul when he said to Christ: Lord, where shall we go?
The same difference lying between a habit and an act lies between the transformation in love and the flame of love.
She feels that she has been led into an immense, unbounded desert. And this, for her, is the more delightful, pleasant, and lovely, the deeper, vaster, and more solitary it is.