Teresa of Avila

All this week I’ve been ready to write my post on Teresa of Avila (Washington Province of Discalced Carmelites, Inc., 1979), a book based on selections from The Interior Castle (Avila, 1577); but I’ve dilly-dallied in octopus mode while mentally preparing.

Why can’t I just start writing?  Reading the book I had lots of ideas. so why am I at a loss for words?  Maybe the ol’ pea brain’s too full?  Maybe the dendrites need time to process all I want to write?  Maybe I need to familiarize myself with St. Teresa a bit more?  Something’s missing, but how can this be? 

So much of what I read and hear daily reminds me of her.  So much of what Teresa of Avila wrote resonates with meaning.

Oblivious devotion

Take Sunday afternoon, for instance.

As Steven was covering the garden area with newspapers I was totally absorbed hosing them down to keep them from blowing away.  Then— suddenly— I realized, OMG, I’m standing kissing close to the yaupon holly!  

“Darling, do these bees sting?”

“Oh, yes, they do!  But they’re too busy doing their own thing.  Do you know that some believe the yaupon holly’s honey is the best there is?  It fetches a pretty penny, too.”

I’m so close to the tree that I’m at eye level among these bees!!!  I’m standing here making noise with the water hose, and they’re totally oblivious of me.  They could very easily sting me, but they’re wholly engrossed in what they love.  OMG!  What a perfect metaphor for what St. Teresa wrote!

Recurring thoughts

From the moment I began reading her book St. Teresa has kept my mind engaged— wondering, visualizing, making meaning— through key words and phrases heard and/or read elsewhere in the media, too.  For instance, a yellow post-it with humility underlined and a reference to Sirach 3:17-30 has graced my computer desk for the past six weeks.  Similarly, surrendering oneself to God has cropped up in readings, homilies, conversations, and other communications during that time.

Funny— isn’t it— how these not so sublime messages avail themselves so readily just in case they’ve been disregarded as insignificant or misplaced in one’s long-term memory.

Timely response

Yesterday morning I searched for prayers to the Venerable Solanus Casey.  Someone had arrived at my “Solano, Solanus, Solani” post through the search term 2nd class relic of Fr. Solanus Casey so I conducted a search of my own, ended up on the Father Solanus Guild website, and found some great links.  And prayers.  

“Yet, knowing how way leads on to way” (Frost, 1915), the ol’ pea brain did what it does best, merrily short-circuiting onto another tangent.

Is there a special St. Teresa of Avila prayer?  I need to find it.

Then the afternoon mail brought a lovely booklet from Father Robert.  

Perfect nudge

I read through Simple Ways to Pray (Franciscan Mission Associates, B-34) and chuckled heartily when I got to the back cover.

God has a very weird sense of humor when it comes to me, so I took St. Teresa of Avila’s prayer as his perfectly timed nudge to—

Start writing already!!! 

July 12, 2013

Holy Spirit, watch over me today.  Remind me of all the reasons I have to trust God.  Nudge me when you want me to speak.  Open my heart, Lord, and widen my horizons (the Word among us, July/August 2013, p. 31).

June 2, 2014

Be attentive, O God, when I am neglecting my time with you, time for reflection on your Word and time to rest with you in silence.  Create in me a faithful spirit that is always open to your gentle nudges when I get distracted or too busy (Sister Maria Tasto, OSB).

March 3, 2015

Let nothing disturb you, nothing cause you fear.  All things pass; God is unchanging.  Patience obtains all.  Whomever has God needs nothing else; God alone suffices (St. Teresa of Avila).

October 5, 2015

“I suggest that you pray to Our Lord that he assist you and give you the direction you need” (Blessed Marie-Rose Durocher).

November 27, 2015

We need to look close and listen to hear the voice of God….  God speaks to us in gentle, simple, random ways.  Just as we notice nature signaling the change of seasons— first subtly, then obviously— we should be keenly attuned to the sure signs of God nudging us and challenging us to become signs of the kingdom.  Plant seeds of compassion within me, Lord (Patricia Russell).

September 3, 2016

Do not follow where the path may lead.  Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail (Muriel Strode).

September 28, 2016

“Humility is nothing but truth, and pride is nothing but lying” (St. Vincent de Paul).

“Humility is nothing other than the conviction that God is God and only God— and that man is man, and nothing but man” (Romano Guardini, The Rosary of Our Lady).

May 30, 2017

The road of life twists and turns and no two directions are ever the same.  Yet our lessons come from the journey, not the destination (Don Williams Jr.).

Links of interest…  Celebration Publications: Free articles  /Today’s Daily Bread…  Father Solanus Guild…  Franciscan Mission Associates…  The road not taken (Frost, 1915)…  Saintly solutions to life’s common problems…  Sisters of St. Benedict (IN):  Monday messagesprayer requests / virtual tour / ways of praying / website…  Sit a spell & have a chat…  St.Teresa of Avila: about (more) / biography (more) / book (more) / chaplet / doctor (first woman) / feast day / foundress / frases / friendship with Jesus / headaches / heart of a warrior / history / holiness & works / interior castle (more / video) / litany / memorial / mystic / novena / poems / prayers / quotessaint (more) / tribute (movie) / videos…  What Robert Frost taught me about feeling alone…  Yaupon holly: honey / tree

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