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Make progress in virtue

June 1st
“Knowing by experience St. Joseph’s astonishing influence with God, I would wish to persuade everyone to honor him with particular devotion. I have always seen those who honored him in a special manner make progress in virtue, for this heavenly protector favors in a striking manner the spiritual advancement of souls who commend themselves to him.”
-St. Teresa of Avila

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For the love of God

February 15
"It is amusing to see souls who, while they are at prayer, fancy they are
willing to be despised and publicly insulted for the love of God, yet
afterward do all they can to hide their small defects; if anyone unjustly
accuses them of a fault, God deliver us from their outcries!"
-St. Teresa of Avila

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The Lord permits

August 23
"It constantly happens that the Lord permits a soul to fall so that it may grow humbler. When it is honest, and realizes what it has done, and returns, it makes ever-increasing progress in our Lord's service."
-St. Teresa of Avila
Today's Reflection:
While this quote does not give me permission to sin, it does help me to see that God works all things to the good, and even my mistakes can be an occasion for spiritual growth. About what one situation, circumstance, failing, fault, or sin does this speak most to me about today? I will praise God for His love and never failing mercy.
  

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It is by humility

August 18
"It is by humility that the Lord allows Himself to be conquered so that He will do all we ask of Him."
-St. Teresa of Avila
Today's Reflection:
Do I allow myself to be conquered by humility so that I can do all the Lord asks of me? What evidence do I have of this in my life?
  

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Know ourselves

August 2
"We shall never learn to know ourselves except by endeavoring to know God; for, beholding His greatness, we realize our own littleness; His purity shows us our foulness; and by meditating upon His humility we find how very far we are from being humble."
     -St. Teresa of Avila
Today's Reflection:
According to St. Teresa of Avila, why is meditating on the attributes of God an appropriate way to begin to cultivate the virtue of humility? Where do you most see yourself in the reflection above?
  

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Untilled ground

July 5
"Untilled ground, however rich, will bring forth thistles and thorns; so also the mind of man."
- St. Teresa of Avila
Today's Reflection
Make a list of the various ways we can "till" the ground of our mind so that it will bring forth abundant fruit for the Kingdom of God. What resolution am I willing to make in this regard?
  

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Strong pillar of prayer

April 14
"How often I have failed in my duty to God, because I was not leaning on the strong pillar of prayer."
-St. Teresa of Avila, her Life (paraphrase)
Today's Reflection
Is this my lament, too? What resolution am I willing to make?
  

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Women of Grace: St. Teresa of Avila (1515 - 1582)

St. Teresa of Avila shows us it is never too late to get serious about our prayer life. Born Dona Teresa Sanchez Cepeda Davila y Ahumada, Teresa was an active child with a big imagination and great sensitivity of heart. Little Teresa and her brother Roderigo were intrigued by the lives of the saints and the martyrs, and often sought to imitate their holy example.

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Women of Grace: St. Teresa of Avila (1515 - 1582)

St. Teresa of Avila shows us it is never too late to get serious about our prayer life. Born Dona Teresa Sanchez Cepeda Davila y Ahumada, Teresa was an active child with a big imagination and great sensitivity of heart. Little Teresa and her brother Roderigo were intrigued by the lives of the saints and the martyrs, and often sought to imitate their holy example.

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