the soul

The soul must forget about {understanding}, and abandon itself into the arms of love,
and His Majesty will teach it what to do next…

St Teresa of Avila


(blooming thrift / Julie Cook / 2018)

“The soul, who is lifted by a very great and yearning desire for the honor of God and the
salvation of souls, begins by exercising herself, for a certain space of time,
in the ordinary virtues, remaining in the cell of self-knowledge,
in order to know better the goodness of God towards her.

This she does because knowledge must precede love, and only when she has attained love,
can she strive to follow and to clothe herself with the truth.

But, in no way, does the creature receive such a taste of the truth,
or so brilliant a light therefrom, as by means of humble and continuous prayer,
founded on knowledge of herself and of God;
because prayer, exercising her in the above way, unites with God the soul that follows
the footprints of Christ Crucified, and thus, by desire and affection,
and union of love, makes her another Himself.”

St. Catherine of Siena,
An Excerpt From
Dialogue of St. Catherine of Siena

5 comments on “the soul

  1. SharaC says:

    I love Catherine of Siena… she had so
    E amazing things to say. Thanks for sharing this!

    • I do as well Shara–both Catherine and Teresa were the types of woman we should be looking to today as role models, who spoke boldly and spoke truth—those who knew how to yield to a higher power… rather than those who flaunt themselves as some sort of feminist spokesperson…

  2. Amen! Love this one. 🙂 ❤

  3. Beautiful! There is no greater joy than to spend time with our Savior in prayer! Thank you for this lovely reminder, dear Julie! ❤ ❤

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