Saturday, June 09, 2007

From St. Teresa of Avila

I thought this was an interesting look at our role and God's role in our sanctification.

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"Beginners must realize that in order to give delight to the Lord they are starting to cultivate a garden on very barren soil, full of abominable weeds. His majesty pulls up the weeds and plants good seed. Now let us keep in mind that all of this is already done by the time a soul is determined to practice prayer and has begun to make use of it. And with the help of God we must strive like good gardeners to get these plants to grow and take pains to water them so that they don’t wither but come to provide refreshment for this Lord of ours."

3 comments:

Cami said...

This is so important to realize. Oswald puts it, "We must work out what God works in."

I.I. said...

so true.

DALE said...

I love St Teresa's writings. Have you read "The Interior Castle"?