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How can one remain in the presence of God? For St. Teresa the Lord can and is to be seen, one just needs to attend to his presence. She would see him “with the eyes of the soul” (Life, Chap 7: 6) So should we since he really is present to us and sees everything and he “never takes his eyes off” of us. He truly is with us. Here is more of what St. Teresa has to say:

“I’m not asking you now that you think about Him, or that you draw out a lot of concepts or make long and subtle reflections with your intellect. I’m not asking you to do anything more than to look at Him. For who can keep you from turning the eyes of your soul toward this Lord, even if you do so just for a moment if you can’t do more? You can look at very ugly things; won’t you be able to look at the most beautiful thing imaginable? Well now, daughters, Your Spouse never takes His eyes off you. He has suffered your committing a thousand ugly offensives and abominations against Him, and this suffering wasn’t enough for Him to cease looking at you. Is it too much to ask you to turn your eyes from these exterior things in order to look at Him sometimes? Behold, He is not waiting for anything else, as He says to the bride, than that we look at Him. In the measure you desire Him, you will find Him. He so esteems our turning to look at Him that no diligence will be lacking on His part’” (Way of Perfection 26: 3)

During any time of prayer we often let that time pass or be lost instead of recollecting them on God, so ask Him to not abandon you during your time of prayer.

Additionally even while occupied physically with others and other occupations one can make brief pauses and interiorly keep recollected with the heart centered and attentive on God. When employed with things like our daily duties, not all our faculties and senses have to be taken up with the task at hand, so let the others be occupied with God. (The Sayings of Light and Love, #117) We can do our daily duties and tasks in such a way that we keep loving attentiveness towards God and His presence. For St. John of the Cross counsels us to “endeavor to remain always in the presence of God, either real, imaginative, or unitive insofar as is permitted by your works.” (Degrees of Perfection)

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Happy Feast of All Carmelite Saints!

From St. Teresa’s Foundations (Chap. 29:33)
“. . . remember the favor our Lord has granted us in bringing us to this order” and  “How many saints we have in heaven who have worn this habit! Let us adopt the holy presumption that with the Lord’s help we will be like them.”
Have a Blessed Feast Day!

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St. Teresa is venerated most highly as the Saint of Spain. Her virtues of faith, love and humility have influenced many throughout the centuries and in the time in which she lived. She still watches over her children, those devoted to her, influencing them with her faith and love of solitude amidst all the dangers and temptations of the present times.

Like the times in which St. Teresa lived, our present age is blemished with the tendency to be overindulgent in material goods and lazy about the spiritual life. The world seeks after scientific wisdom while ignoring or even denying the supernatural. Love is for the pursuit and acquisition of the material and all sorts of pleasures to tantalize the senses. All this captivates the heart and removes all love of God from it.

I’d like to propose this beautiful novena in honor of St. Teresa composed by St. Alphonsus Liguori.

St. Teresa offers a valuable remedy in her writings, teachings and in her devotion to God. Her heroic virtues, mirrored those virtues of Christ and reflected in her beautiful life, are represented in this novena.  Each day highlights one of her virtues for us to meditate on and espouse.

Day 1

O Most amiable Lord, Jesus Christ! we thank Thee for the great gift of faith and of devotion to the Holy Sacrament, which Thou didst grant to Thy beloved Teresa: we pray Thee, by Thy merits, and by those of Thy faithful spouse, Teresa, to grant us the gift of a lively faith, and of a fervent devotion toward the most Holy Sacrament of the altar; where Thou, O infinite Majesty! hast obliged Thyself to abide with us even to the end of the world, and wherein Thou didst so lovingly give Thy Whole Self to us.

Our Father..etc. & Hail Mary, etc.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.

As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
O Jesus! Who Teresa’s beauteous soul

With Thy love-dart didst fire;

Deep in my heat of hearts

Her own sweet longing of love of Thee inspire.

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Day 2

O merciful Lord, Jesus Christ! we thank Thee for the great gift of hope which Thou didst grant to Thy beloved Teresa: we pray Thee, by Thy merits, and by those of Thy holy spouse, Teresa, to give us a great confidence in Thy goodness, by reason of Thy precious blood, which Thou hast shed to its last drop for our salvation.

Our Father..etc. & Hail Mary, etc.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.

As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
O Jesus! Who Teresa’s beauteous soul

With Thy love-dart didst fire;

Deep in my heat of hearts

Her own sweet longing of love of Thee inspire.

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Day 3

O most loving Lord, Jesus Christ! we thank Thee for the great gift of love which Thou didst grant to Thy beloved Teresa; we pray Thee, by Thy merits, and by those of Thy most loving spouse, Teresa, to give us the great the crowning gift of Thy perfect love.

Our Father..etc. & Hail Mary, etc.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.

As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

O Jesus! Who Teresa’s beauteous soul

With Thy love-dart didst fire;

Deep in my heat of hearts

Her own sweet longing of love of Thee inspire.

Bringing the Joy of His Presence to All

 Day 4

O most sweet Lord, Jesus Christ! we thank Thee for the gift of great desire and resolution which Thou didst grant to Thy beloved Teresa, that she might love Thee perfectly; we pray Thee, by Thy merits and by those of Thy most generous spouse, Teresa, to give us a true desire, and a true resolution of pleasing Thee to the utmost of our power.

Our Father..etc. & Hail Mary, etc.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.

As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

O Jesus! Who Teresa’s beauteous soul

With Thy love-dart didst fire;

Deep in my heat of hearts

Her own sweet longing of love of Thee inspire.

Day 5

O most kind Lord, Jesus Christ! we thank Thee for the great gift of humility which Thou didst grant to Thy beloved Teresa; we pray Thee, by Thy merits, and by those of Thy most humble spouse, Teresa, to grant us the grace of a true humility, which may make us ever find our joy in humiliations, and prefer contempt before every honor.

Our Father..etc. & Hail Mary, etc.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.

As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

O Jesus! Who Teresa’s beauteous soul

With Thy love-dart didst fire;

Deep in my heat of hearts

Her own sweet longing of love of Thee inspire.

Day 6

O most bountiful Lord, Jesus Christ! we thank Thee for the gift of devotion towards Thy sweet mother, Mary, and her holy spouse, Joseph, which Thou didst grant to Thy beloved Teresa; we pray Thee, by Thy merits, and by those of Thy most dear spouse, Teresa, to give us the grace of a special and tender devotion toward Thy most holy mother, Mary, and toward Thy beloved foster-father, Joseph.

Our Father..etc. & Hail Mary, etc.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.

As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

O Jesus! Who Teresa’s beauteous soul

With Thy love-dart didst fire;

Deep in my heat of hearts

Her own sweet longing of love of Thee inspire.murillo holy family

Day 7

O most loving Lord, Jesus Christ! we thank Thee for the wonderful gift of the wound in the heart which Thou didst grant to Thy beloved Teresa; we pray Thee, by Thy merits, and by those of Thy most seraphic spouse, Teresa, to grant us also a like wound of love, that, henceforth, we may love Thee, and give our mind to the love of nothing but Thee.

Our Father..etc. & Hail Mary, etc.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.

As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

O Jesus! Who Teresa’s beauteous soul

With Thy love-dart didst fire;

Deep in my heat of hearts

Her own sweet longing of love of Thee inspire.

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Day 8

O most beloved Lord, Jesus Christ! we thank Thee for the eminent gift of the desire for death which Thou didst grant to Thy beloved Teresa; we pray Thee, by Thy merits, and by those of Thy most constant spouse, Teresa, to grant us the grace of desiring death, in order to go and possess Thee eternally in the country of the blessed.

Our Father..etc. & Hail Mary, etc.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.

As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

O Jesus! Who Teresa’s beauteous soul

With Thy love-dart didst fire;

Deep in my heat of hearts

Her own sweet longing of love of Thee inspire.

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Day 9

Lastly, O dearest Lord, Jesus Christ! we thank Thee for the gift of the precious death which Thou didst grant to Thy beloved Teresa, making her sweetly to die of love; we pray Thee, by Thy merits, and by those of Thy most affectionate spouse, Teresa, to grant us a good death; and if we do not die of love, yet that we may, at least, die burning with love for Thee, that so dying, we may be able to go and love Thee for evermore with a more perfect love in heaven.

Our Father..etc. & Hail Mary, etc.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.

As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

St. Teresa, pray for us!

That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray.

Graciously hear us, O God, our salvation! that as we rejoice in the commemoration of the holy virgin Teresa, so we may be nourished by her heavenly doctrine, and draw from thence the fervor of a tender devotion; through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Spirt, God for ever and ever. Amen.

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Lord-be-merciful-unto-me-wGod gives gifts without measure. However, we often measure how much we will receive. Prayer changes all this. Prayer changes everything. It opens up our capacity to receive, to receive the gifts God wants to give us.

We are the ones who break friendship with God. It is so ingrained in our nature to dodge His demands. God wants to work in us, but we don’t want it; we have “other interests” or else we want to control God and so the conflict begins. A divided heart settles within and we resist and rebel. 

But our God is a God of Mercy. He only interacts with us as Mercy, yet we want to turn and run from so great a gift! Read more here.

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500 years after birth, witness of St. Teresa of Avila remains strong. Read more here.

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This short video-clip was filmed in Alhambra and San Jose/San Francisco, California during the visit of the walking staff of St. Teresa.  This video was filmed by the people traveling with the walking staff that is making its way around the world.  The presentation in this video of Carmelite spirituality is very good. The whole Carmelite Order is celebrating the 500th Centenary of St. Teresa’s birth this year.

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Today begins the Order’s celebration of the 5th Centenary of St.Teresa’s birth. Read Pope Francis’ message to the Bishop of Avila on St. Teresa’s Feast here.

In his message he stresses that our journey in the Footsteps of St. Teresa should be a path of joy, prayer, fraternity and time.

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