Sunday, July 20, 2014


St. Teresa of Jesus (Avila):

I have often told you, Sisters, and now I want to leave it in writing here so that you will not forget it, that in this house--and even in the case of any person seeking perfection--you should run a thousand miles from such expressions as: "I was right." "They had no reason for doing this to me." "The one who did this to me was wrong." God deliver us from this poor way of reasoning. Does it seem to have been right that our good Jesus suffered so many insults and was made to undergo so much injustice? I don't know why the nun who doesn't want to carry the cross, except the one that seems to her reasonable, is in the monastery. Let her return to the world, although even there they will not respect such reasonings. Could you by chance suffer as much as you deserve? What kind of reasoning is this? I certainly don't understand it.

Let us reason in such a way when some honor is paid to us, or when we are given some comfort or receive good treatment; for certainly it isn't right that we be so treated in this life. When wrongs are done--that's what they call them without there being any wrong done to us--I don't know what there is to talk about. Either we are brides of so great a King or we are not. If we are, what honorable woman is there who does not share in the dishonors done to her spouse even though she does not will them? In fact, both spouses share the honor and the dishonor Now, then, to enjoy a part in His kingdom and want no part in His dishonors and trials is nonsense.
The Way of Perfection Chap. 13, No. 1-2


Peace be with you!
Rosemarie of the Hearts of Jesus and Mary, ocds

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