By St. Teresa of Avila
The definitive three-volume variation of St Teresa of Avila's prose and poetry, in Professor E. Allison Peers's justly celebrated translation.
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Consider, then, sisters, if our renunciation of the pleasure of solitude is not well rewarded. I assure you that lack of solitude need not prevent you from preparing to attain this genuine union of which I have spoken and which consists in making our will one with the will of God. This is the union which I desire and should like to see in you all: I do not covet for you those delectable kinds of absorption which it is possible to experience and which are given the name of union. They may amount to union if the result of them is what I have described; but if such suspension leaves behind it little obedience, t St.
I began to discuss with him the question of searching for a house which we could lease, at whatever cost, so that we could move there while our repairs were being done here; and when I saw how many people were coming to visit us, and that none of them had observed our folly, I began to feel comforted. This was by the mercy of God; had they done so, the Most Holy Sacrament would certainly have been taken from us. 1 But, try as we would, we could find no house to let anywhere, and this caused me extreme distress both by night and by day.
E. John of the Cross. ] For " is ", St. Teresa originally had " was ", but made the change in the manuscript [for the young friar had not taken the name " de la Cruz " when she first met him]. 1 He had thought, it seems, of entering the Carthusian house of El Paular, in the province of Segovia. 1 "A friar and a half", she is reported to have said, and there has been some doubt as to exactly what she meant. [Cf. , I, 233, and my Spirit of Fiona, London, 1943, pp. 18-19,] * St. Teresa left M. Ines de Jesus as Prioress of the new house and M.