Living in 16th century Spain, Teresa of Avila was a famous Carmelite nun, a key figure in the Catholic Counter Reformation, and one of the most prominent mystical theologians of the medieval church. Along with John of the Cross, she was a key figure in establishing Spanish mysticism as a formative influence in Catholic theology and a prominent feature of the Spanish renaissance. For her writings and ministry she was named a Doctor of the Church, albeit not until 1970.
Teresa of Avila died on October 4, 1582. In honor of her life and ministry, today’s prayer comes from her.
Majestic sovereign, timeless wisdom,
your kindness melts my hard, cold soul.Handsome lover, selfless giver,
your beauty fills my dull, sad eyes.I am yours, you made me.I am yours, you called me.I am yours, you saved me.I am yours, you loved me.I will never leave your presence.Give me death, give me life.Give me sickness, give me health.Give me honor, give me shame.Give me weakness, give me strength.I will have whatever you give.