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May today there be peace within.

May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be.

May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith.

May you use those gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you.

May you be content knowing you are a child of God.

Let this presence settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love.

It is there for each and every one of us.


Teresa of Ávila

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MOTHER TERESA OF CALCUTTA
I had many friends to help me to fall; but as to rising again, I was so much left to myself, that I ...
SAINT TERESA OF AVILA
To reach something good it is very useful to have gone astray, and thus acquire experience.
TERESA OF AVILA
True recollection has characteristics by which it can be easily recognized. It produces a certain ef...
TERESA OF AVILA
It is true that we cannot be free from sin, but at least let our sins not be always the same . . .
ST. TERESA OF AVILA
We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less be...
MOTHER TERESA OF CALCUTTA
May God protect me from gloomy saints.
SAINT TERESA OF AVILA
I am more afraid of those who are terrified of the devil than I am of the devil himself.
SAINT TERESA OF AVILA
My good works, however wretched and imperfect, have been made better and perfected by Him Who is my ...
SAINT TERESA OF AVILA
We can only learn to know ourselves and do what we can - namely, surrender our will and fulfill God&...
SAINT TERESA OF AVILA
The feeling remains that God is on the journey, too.
SAINT TERESA OF AVILA
We can only learn to know ourselves and do what we can -- namely, surrender our will and fulfill God...
TERESA OF AVILA
Our body has this defect that, the more it is provided care and comforts, the more needs and desires...
SAINT TERESA OF AVILA
Our souls may lose their peace and even disturb other people's, if we are always criticizing tri...
SAINT TERESA OF AVILA
God gave us faculties for our use; each of them will receive its proper reward. Then do not let us t...
SAINT TERESA OF AVILA
There should be less talk. A preaching point is not a meeting point.
MOTHER TERESA OF CALCUTTA
Love begins by taking care of the closest ones-the ones at home.
MOTHER TERESA OF CALCUTTA
It is impossible to walk rapidly and be unhappy.
MOTHER TERESA OF CALCUTTA
I have come to realize more and more that the greatest disease and the greatest suffering is to be u...
MOTHER TERESA OF CALCUTTA
A clean heart is a free heart. A free heart can love Christ with an undivided love in chastity, conv...
MOTHER TERESA OF CALCUTTA
it doesn't matter who it is, and that will help you to grow up in greater love for each other.
MOTHER TERESA OF CALCUTTA
We the willing, led by the unknowing, are doing the impossible for the ungrateful. We have done so m...
MOTHER TERESA OF CALCUTTA
To keep a lamp burning we have to keep putting oil in it.
MOTHER TERESA OF CALCUTTA
Intense love does not measure; it just gives
MOTHER TERESA OF CALCUTTA
I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish He didn't trust me so much.
MOTHER TERESA OF CALCUTTA
My father was a man of great charity towards the poor, and compassion for the sick, and also for ser...
SAINT TERESA OF AVILA
Be gentle to all, and stern with yourself.
ST. TERESA OF AVILA
There should be less talk. A preaching point is not a meeting point.
MOTHER TERESA OF CALCUTTA
The fruit of faith is love
MOTHER TERESA OF CALCUTTA
If we want a love message to be heard, it has got to be sent out. To keep a lamp burning, we have to...
MOTHER TERESA OF CALCUTTA
The miracle is not that we do this work, but that we are happy to do it.
MOTHER TERESA OF CALCUTTA
God doesn't require us to succeed; he only requires that you try
MOTHER TERESA OF CALCUTTA
It is easy to love the people far away. It is not always easy to love those close to us. It is easie...
MOTHER TERESA OF CALCUTTA
Pain is never permanent.
SAINT TERESA OF AVILA
If you want to make peace, you don't talk to your friends. You talk to your enemies.
MOTHER TERESA OF CALCUTTA
I think I'm more difficult than critical.
MOTHER TERESA OF CALCUTTA
How is it, Lord, that we are cowards in everything save in opposing Thee?
ST. TERESA OF AVILA
I do not pray for success, I ask for faithfulness.
MOTHER TERESA OF CALCUTTA
Each one of them is Jesus in disguise.
MOTHER TERESA OF CALCUTTA
If we plant a flower or a shrub and water it daily it will grow so tall that in time we shall need a...
ST. TERESA OF AVILA
O my God, what must a soul be like when it is in this state! It longs to be all one tongue with whic...
ST. TERESA OF AVILA
The feeling remains that God is on the journey, too.
ST. TERESA OF AVILA
You can't undo anything you've already done, but you can face up to it. You can tell the truth. You ...
MOTHER TERESA OF CALCUTTA
O my God, what must a soul be like when it is in this state! It longs to be all one tongue with whic...
TERESA OF AVILA
The biggest disease today is not leprosy or tuberculosis, but rather the feeling of being unwanted
MOTHER TERESA OF CALCUTTA
Be gentle to all and stern with yourself.
SAINT TERESA OF AVILA
Anyone who truly loves God travels securely.
SAINT TERESA OF AVILA
The most terrible poverty is loneliness, and the feeling of being unloved.
MOTHER TERESA OF CALCUTTA
We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless. The poverty of being unwan...
MOTHER TERESA OF CALCUTTA
If Christ Jesus dwells in a man as his friend and noble leader, that man can endure all things, for ...
SAINT TERESA OF AVILA
Those who give themselves to prayer should in a special manner have always a devotion to St. Joseph;...
SAINT TERESA OF AVILA
Whenever we think of Christ, we should recall the love that led Him to bestow on us so many graces a...
SAINT TERESA OF AVILA
In a state of grace, the soul is like a well of limpid water, from which flow only streams of cleare...
SAINT TERESA OF AVILA
Spread love everywhere you go: First of all in your own house... let no one ever come to you without...
MOTHER TERESA OF CALCUTTA
More tears are shed over answered prayers than unanswered ones.
SAINT TERESA OF AVILA
All things must come to the soul from its roots, from where it is planted.
SAINT TERESA OF AVILA
I thought of the soul as resembling a castle, formed of a single diamond or a very transparent cryst...
SAINT TERESA OF AVILA
What friends or kindred can be so close and intimate as the powers of our soul, which, whether we wi...
SAINT TERESA OF AVILA
If God should desire to raise us to the position of one who is an intimate and shares his secrets, w...
SAINT TERESA OF AVILA
Nothing can be compared to the great beauty and capabilities of a soul; however keen our intellects ...
SAINT TERESA OF AVILA
It is here, my daughters, that love is to be found -- not hidden away in corners but in the midst of...
TERESA OF AVILA
The custom of speaking to God Almighty as freely as with a slave - caring nothing whether the words ...
SAINT TERESA OF AVILA
Do not dismayed daughters, at the number of things which you have to consider before setting out on ...
ST. TERESA OF AVILA
What a great favor God does to those He places in the company of good people!
ST. TERESA OF AVILA
Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.
MOTHER TERESA OF CALCUTTA
We are all pencils in the hand of God.
MOTHER TERESA OF CALCUTTA
If we really want to love we must learn how to forgive.
MOTHER TERESA OF CALCUTTA
Love has a hem to her garment that reaches the very dust. It sweeps the streets and lanes, and becau...
MOTHER TERESA OF CALCUTTA
Do not think that love, in order to be genuine, has to be extraordinary. What we need is to love wit...
MOTHER TERESA OF CALCUTTA
We cannot know whether we love God, although there may be strong reason for thinking so; but there c...
TERESA OF AVILA
Feast of Teresa of Avila, Mystic, Teacher, 1582 Our body has this defect that, the more it is p...
TERESA OF AVILA