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.....:-)