Monday, October 15, 2018

Teresa of Avila: the corruption of comforts

Monday, October 15, 2018
    Feast of Teresa of Avila, Mystic, Teacher, 1582
    I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength.
    —Philippians 4:12-13 (NIV)
    Our body has this defect that, the more it is provided care and comforts, the more needs and desires it finds.
    ... Teresa of Avila (1515-1582), Collected Works of St. Teresa of Avila, v. II, Institute of Carmelite Studies, 1980, p. 80 (see the book)
    See also Phil. 4:12-13; Pr. 10:4; 12:24; 21:24; Heb. 6:10-12
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, make me to need only You.
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