The surest way to determine whether one possesses the love of God is to see whether he or she loves his or her neighbor. These two loves are never separated. Rest assured, the more you progress in love of neighbor the more your love of God will increase.

— Teresa of Avila

The most jittery Teresa of Avila quotes that will add value to your life

We always find that those who walked closest to Christ were those who had to bear the greatest trials.


Christ has no body now but mine. He prays in me, works in me, looks through my eyes, speaks through my words, works through my hands, walks with my feet and loves with my heart.


When we accept what happens to us and make the best of it, we are praising God.


They deceive themselves who believe that union with God consists in ecstasies or raptures, and in the enjoyment of Him. For it consists in nothing except the surrender and subjection of our will - with our thoughts, words and actions - to the will of God.


We may speak of love and humility as the true flowers of spiritual growth;

and they give off a wonderful scent, which benefits all those who come near.


Desire to see God, be fearful of losing Him, and find joy in everything that can lead to Him. If you act in this way, you will always live in great peace.


If we practice love of neighbor with great perfection, we will have done everything.


In light of heaven, the worst suffering on earth will be seen to be no more serious than one night in an inconvenient hotel.


Each of us has a soul, but we forget to value it.

We don't remember that we are creatures made in the image of God. We don't understand the great secrets hidden inside of us.


Always think of yourself as everyone's servant;

look for Christ Our Lord in everyone and you will then have respect and reverence for them all.


Prayer is an act of love. Words are not needed.


Christ does not force our will, He only takes what we give Him.

But He does not give Himself entirely until He sees that we yield ourselves entirely to Him.


About Teresa of Avila

Quotes 230 sayings
Profession Saint
Birthday October 16

Contemplative prayer [oración mental] in my opinion is nothing else than a close sharing between friends; it means taking time frequently to be alone with him who we know loves us.


Those seeking the life of the spirit should be cheerful and free, and not neglect recreation. Married people must act in conformity with their vocation--but their progress will of necessity be but the pace of a hen.


After you die, you wear what you are.


Humility must always be doing its work like a bee making honey in the hive: without humility all will be lost.


God is even kinder than you think.


Let nothing disturb thee, let nothing affright thee.

All things are passing. Patience obtains all things. He who has God has everything - God alone suffices.


There are more tears shed over answered prayers than over unanswered prayers.


What a great favor God does to those He places in the company of good people!


Out of suffering comes the serious mind;

out of salvation, the grateful heart; out of endurance, fortitude; out of deliverance faith. Patient endurance attends to all things.


Be gentle to all and stern with yourself.


Her heart is full of joy with love, for in the Lord her mind is stilled.

She has renounced every selfish attachment and draws abiding joy and strength from the One within. She lives not for herself, but lives to serve the Lord of Love in all, and swims across the sea of life breasting its rough waves joyfully.


About the injunction of the Apostle Paul that women should keep silent in church? Don't go by one text only.


Suffering is a great favor. Remember that everything soon comes to an end . . . and take courage. Think of how our gain is eternal.


May I not come before You with empty hands, since we are rewarded according to our deeds.


Every part of the journey is of importance to the whole.


There is no affliction, trial, or labor difficult to endure, when we consider the torments and sufferings which Our Lord Jesus Christ endured for us.


Untilled soil, however fertile it may be, will bear thistles and thorns; so it is with man's mind.


It should be observed that perfect love of God consists not in those delights, tears and sentiments of devotion that we generally seek, but in a strong determination and keen desire to please God in all things, and to promote His glory.


I am afraid that if we begin to put our trust in human help, some of our Divine help will fail us.


It is a dangerous thing to be satisfied with ourselves.


Let nothing disturb thee; Let nothing dismay thee; All things pass; God never changes. Patience attains All that it strives for.


Don't imagine that, if you had a great deal of time, you would spend more of it in prayer. Get rid of that idea; it is no hindrance to prayer to spend your time well.


It is love alone that gives worth to all things.


It is of great importance, when we begin to practise prayer, not to let ourselves be frightened by our own thoughts.


Humility does not disturb or disquiet or agitate, however great it may be;

it comes with peace, delight, and calm. . . . The pain of genuine humility doesn't agitate or afflict the soul; rather, this humility expands it and enables it to serve God more.


As to the aridity you are suffering from, it seems to me our Lord is treating you like someone He considers strong: He wants to test you and see if you love Him as much at times of aridity as when He sends you consolations. I think this is a very great favor for God to show you.


Souls who do not practice prayer are like people whose limbs are paralyzed.


It is true that we cannot be free from sin, but at least let our sins not always be the same.


Mental prayer is nothing else but being on terms of friendship with God, frequently conversing in secret with Him.


It is certain that the love of God does not consist in this sweetness and tenderness which we for the most part desire; but rather in serving Him in justice, fortitude, and humility. His Majesty seeks and loves courageous souls.


All the troubles of the Church, all the evils in the world, flow from this source: that men do not by clear and sound knowledge and serious consideration penetrate into the truths of Sacred Scripture.


Let us consider what the glorious Virgin endured, and what the holy apostles suffered, and we shall find that they who were nearest to Jesus Christ were the most afflicted.


For pity's sake, don't start meeting troubles halfway.


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.


Untilled ground, however rich, will bring forth thistles and thorns; so also the mind of man.


You pay God a compliment by asking great things of Him.


We should blush for shame to show so much resentment at what is done or said against us, knowing that so many injuries and affronts have been offered to our Redeemer and the saints.