The sign of the Scapular points to an effective synthesis of Marian spirituality, which nourishes the devotion of believers and makes them sensitive to the Virgin Mother's loving presence in their lives.
St. John of the Cross reminds us that "God’s purpose is to exalt the soul". That is why he came down, "so profound is the humility and sweetness of God".
I was suffering a lot, I was thinking that soon perhaps earth would no longer be for me, for truly my poor body is very sick, and I said to myself: "You are the happy one."
The ninth poem in the generally acknowledged collection of St. Teresa's poetry is her brief meditation 'On Patience' called 'Nada Te Turbe'. We present two English translations and a commentary by Kieran Kavanaugh, O.C.D.
To Saint Teresa, Carmel owes its élan and its psychology. Carmelite psychology was always realistic. Under the reformer’s influence it became more so.
We can understand that the very loving light and wisdom into which the soul will be transformed is what in the beginning purges and prepares it, just as the fire that transforms the wood
"I wouldn’t hesitate to answer, ‘My God, I want to die at eighty, for I’m not seeking my own glory but simply Your pleasure’."
Before I left the world, God gave me the consolation of contemplating at close range the souls of little children.
Jesus told me that He wants me to suffer with joy. This costs me so, but it is sufficient that He asks this, so that I'll try to do it.
Jesus wants to eradicate three deadly verbs from our daily life: to have, to ascend, and to command; and in their place he proposes that we should cultivate these three life-giving verbs: to give, to descend, and to serve.
I would not consider any spirituality worthwhile that wants to walk in sweetness and ease and run from the imitation of Christ.
Christian life here on earth, which is called “the way” in the Acts of the Apostles, is directed toward a transcendent goal which is represented by the heavenly and glorious city of Jerusalem.
I feel very much alone in this city where I find no one who can console me in my present situation. May God provide a remedy.
Have you ever wondered what Christ's prayer was like? Upon explanation, we realize that his prayer consisted essentially in the penetration of his very being by God.
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.
The chant should never be sung with musical notation but should be done in a monotone and with uniform voices
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?