Monday, October 15, 2007

Saint Teresa of Avila

"Let nothing trouble you, let nothing make you afraid. All things pass away. God never changes. Patience obtains everything. God alone is enough. There is no such thing as bad weather. All weather is good because it is God's. There is more value in a little study of humility and in a single act of it than in all the knowledge in the world. " -Saint Teresa of Avila

Daughter of Spanish nobles, Teresa Sanchez Cepeda Davila y Ahumada (1515-1584) once attenpted to travel with her older brother (they often dreamed and pretended to be martyrs) to another place to be martyred. They froze during their journey, and one of their relatives took them back home where they found a very upset father in the house.......

Um, I'm running out of time, (I've only got a few minutes on the computer) so I'll just post a favorite story of my mom's about St. Teresa of Avila. (I'm pretty sure some of you already know this one)

Once upon a time... Teresa fell off a horse, and came back injured with several terrible bruises. Confused, she asked God, "God, why did You let me fall off the horse?" He replied, "Well, that's how I treat my friends." Teresa then said to Him, "No wonder You don't have many friends."

Before I heard this story, I never knew that Saint Teresa of Avila had a sense of humor! I always thought of her as one of those serious saints.....:-)


Esther said...

Best picture of her I've seen today.

Mr. Jack said...

Fr. John told this story at noon Mass at the Cathedral today. He had everyone laughing! Thanks for making me chuckle again. :-)

Charity Therese said...

Sorry I was so late with the post of St. Teresa. :-(

Mrs. Esther -Thanks, I love this picture of her too! She just seems so prayerful in this picture. :-)

Mr. Jack -I wish I were there that day! Mom always tells us this story when St. Teresa's name is mentioned. :-)