God Alone Suffices

My mind has been calmed by a bookmark, by a simple prayer.

I learned the prayer the afternoon of Thursday, Oct. 15 -- the Feast of St. Teresa of Avila. Among those Catholics in the Discalced Carmelite order -- be they priests/friars, nuns or lay seculars -- the 16th-century Spanish nun is known by her name in Carmel, St. Teresa of Jesus. Even more fondly, she is called Holy Mother, for indeed she reformed the Carmelite order, nurtured it and loved it, gave it the direction Carmelites enjoy pursuing today.

I have gotten to know St. Teresa much better, and have come to consider her a spiritual mother for myself, since I was accepted into formation with the Secular Carmelites this spring. I heard others talk about her with an intimate love and admiration. And I have read about her as well as things she wrote, including her classic "The Way of Perfection," in which I am immersed right now.

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