Sunday, September 6, 2009

Hand yourself over to Him and you will be transformed

"[L]et yourself be invaded by God. Live in Him through faith. Hand yourself over to Him passively. He won't fail to take possession of your whole being. He is love; and we exist only because of His infinite Goodness. Let's breathe in, to put it that way, the divine milieu in which we live. God is in us, and in every created thing. Let's adore Him with faith. Everything changes when we look at the Divine Sun. May faith be the lens that reveals to you your Creator. A soul that has faith has everything, because it has God. Sufferings are transformed by faith.

The important thing is not to concentrate on the external. We should examine the source from which things are born, and faith will make it known: it's God's love which tries, refines and purifies our soul. When you're suffering, look at Jesus. He is loving you with tenderness, because you are participating in His cross, in the cross He carried in His most divine Heart from Bethlehem to Calvary. Place yourself and everything around you in that Heart of Jesus. Live abandoned to His holy Will. From that abandonment, oneness with God will be born."

Letters of Saint Teresa of Jesus of the Andes translated by Fr Michael D Griffin, ocd


Elizabeth Mahlou said...

Thank you for all that you share here. I love it when God makes His presence known. It is indeed transformative.

Mary N. said...

I'll have to get this book! I've heard a few quotes by her in the past 2 months and they are all beautiful.

Anonymous said...

Dear Sister, Thank you for sharing these words that are like "jewels" from St. Teresa de Los Andes. She is in my humble opinion a "Doctor of the Church" even tho she is not officially declared so. I love everything that she says. The Holy Spirit was truly working thru her words and life that is a model for all. Santa Teresa de Los Andes reuga por nosotros!!

I continue to remember you in prayer each day Sister. Thank you for sharing! John K.

Anne said...

"Invaded by God" I love that Sister! Thank you for sharing these words of St. Teresa de Los Andes. And I also want to thank you and all of the sisters in your convent for your prayers for, and support of, my son John. It means so much to me to know that you are praying for him.

ocd sister said...

My pleasure. You are very blessed to have a child open to the notion of a religious vocation. And John is very blessed in having an open parent as well. Discaced Carmelite nuns pray for priests every single day. St Teresa of Avila made it one of the top priorities for those wishing to join her in the reform. :)
Please pray for me.