Monday, October 15, 2012

Teresa of Avila: in the Presence

Monday, October 15, 2012
    Feast of Teresa of Avila, Mystic, Teacher, 1582
    [Jesus] said to them, “You are the ones who justify yourselves in the eyes of men, but God knows your hearts. What is highly valued among men is detestable in God’s sight.”
    —Luke 16:15 (NIV)
    Granting that we are always in the presence of God, yet it seems to me that those who pray are in His presence in a very different sense; for they, as it were, see that He is looking upon them, while others may be for days together without even once recollecting that God sees them.
    ... Teresa of Avila (1515-1582), The Life of St. Teresa of Avila of the order of Our Lady of Carmel, New York: Benziger Brothers, 1916, p. 58 (see the book)
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You send timely reminders of Your presence.
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