Saint Teresa of Avila: Funny, Smart, Holy

First a few words of wisdom from this smart, witty, holy woman:


For prayer is nothing else than being on terms of friendship with God.

I do not fear Satan half so much as I fear those who fear him
May God protect me from gloomy saints.
Today, Oct. 15, is the Feast of St. Teresa of Ávila, also called Saint Teresa of Jesus. I love this woman. Although she is a doctor of the Church and one of the three great 16th century Spanish mystics (along with St. Ignatius of Loyola and St. John of the Cross), she is humourous as well as wise.


Famous  HUMOUROUS Quotes

  • The first line of her autobiography is funny.

 “Having virtuous and God-fearing parents would have been enough for me to be good if I were not so wicked.”


  • After a donkey threw her into a cold river she said-ecstasy-of-st-teresa-of-avila

“If this is how You treat Your friends, then it is no wonder You have so few of them.”

You’ve gotta love that level of practicality and annoyance in a mystic.

  • On false piety










  • Teresa of Avila was fully, deeply, unapologetically herself. If she had written a letter to which her correspondent had not replied, she did not hesitate to write again, demanding,

 “Why haven’t you answered my letter? Don’t you love me? Do you have any idea of the pain your silence is causing me?”

  • Most of all she could be succinctdownload


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