For Teresa of the Andes, "God is infinite joy. This is the new hymn of Christian love that rises spontaneously from the soul of this young Chilean girl."
Spiritual marriage is a total transformation in the Beloved... the highest state attainable in this life.
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
"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..."
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 same difference lying between a habit and an act lies between the transformation in love and the flame of love.
Since I hope that I will soon have the happiness of making my First Communion, I will be even more well behaved...
A ray of sunlight shining on a smudgy window is unable to illumine that window completely and transform it into its own light...
The bride feels that this voice of the Bridegroom speaking within her is the end of evil and the beginning of good
John of the Cross, with his own experience, invites us to trust, to let ourselves be purified by God
Carmelite spirituality is not contemplative and apostolic. It is apostolic because it is contemplative
If we obey the pope, we obey the Lord Jesus, according to his own words addressed to Peter and the other apostles