Gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.
~ GK Chesterton

Thursday, October 9, 2014

ST TERESA OF AVILA: NOVENA DAY FOUR

Because I have spoken at length on this subject elsewhere, I will say nothing about it here.  I only wish to inform you that in order to profit by this path and ascend to the dwelling places we desire, the important thing is not to think much but to love much; and so do that which best stirs you to love.  Perhaps we don’t know what love is.  I wouldn’t be very surprised, because it doesn’t consist in great delight but in desiring with strong determination to please God in everything, in striving, insofar as possible, not to offend Him, and in asking Him for the advancement of the honor and glory of His Son and the increase of the Catholic Church.  These are the signs of love.  Don’t think the matter lies in thinking of nothing else, and that if you have become a little distracted all is lost.

Interior Castle IV, Chapter 1.7

 

Click here for St. Teresa of Avila novena prayers.

Intro to the novena here.

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