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Some Wisdom from Teresa of Avila

It is better to attempt . . . to live in silence and in hope.
(Statue from the Detroit Airport . . . with some post-processing)

When we were in our chapel at morning prayer, I noted how the reading in our breviary (Thursday, Week III) complemented the Gospel reading for the day in which we are admonished to give, forgive, and to not judge.

Let us look at our own shortcomings and leave other people’s alone; for those who live carefully ordered lives are apt to be shocked at everything and we might well learn very important lessons from the persons who shock us. Our outward comportment and behaviour may be better than theirs, but this, though good, is not the most important thing: there is no reason why we should expect everyone else to travel by our own road, and we should not attempt to point them to the spiritual path when perhaps we do not know what it is. . . It is better to attempt to . . . live in silence and in hope, and [God] will take care of [God’s] own. 

-St. Teresa of Avila (from People’s Companion to the Breviary)

Posted by opreach on September 13, 2012

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