Thursday, October 15, 2009

Teresa of Avila: knowing ourselves in God

Thursday, October 15, 2009
    Feast of Teresa of Avila, Mystic, Teacher, 1582
Great is our Lord and mighty in power; his understanding has no limit.
The LORD sustains the humble but casts the wicked to the ground.
    —Psalm 147:5-6 (NIV)
    We shall never learn to know ourselves except by endeavoring to know God, for, beholding His greatness, we realize our own littleness; His purity shows us our foulness; and by meditating upon His humility we find how very far we are from being humble.
    ... Teresa of Avila (1515-1582), The Interior Castle [1577], reprint, BiblioBazaar, LLC, 2008, p. 47 (see the book)
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, I cannot stand before You except by Your grace.
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