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-
“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.
- 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 succinct
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Melanie Jean Juneau serves as the Editor in Chief of Catholic Stand. She is a mother of nine children who has edited her kid's university term papers for over a decade. She blogs at joy of nine9 and mother of nine9. Her writing is humorous and heart warming; thoughtful and thought-provoking. Part of her call and her witness is to write the truth about children, family, marriage and the sacredness of life. Melanie is the administrator of ACWB, a columnist at CatholicLane, CatholicStand, Catholic365 , CAPC, author of Echoes of the Divine and Oopsy Daisy, and coauthor of Love Rebel: Reclaiming Motherhood.
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3 thoughts on “Saint Teresa of Avila: Funny, Smart, Holy”
A truly amazing woman. Thank you for this post Melanie.
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yes she was
I love St. Teresa! She is one of my favorite Saints! I love the way she writes, with humility, honesty, and humor!
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