Last month I finished a biography called Teresa of Avila: An Extraordinary Life by Shirley du Boulay.
Teresa of Avila is one of my favorite saints.
She was a mystic who lived in the 1500's in the rocky hills of Spain and was so spunky and forthright.
She didn't care what people thought of her - she just said it.
I admire that courage.
We call her a saint, but she was so aware of her sin and shortcomings and failures she never would have called herself that.
I learned a lot from this woman (and I am eager to read her most famous book The Interior Castle).
I've used this many times in my teaching but one of the most honest prayers I've ever read came from her:
"God, I don't love you.
I don't want to love you.
But God, I want to want to love you.
This biography listed something she wrote that was found after she died in the breviary.
"Let nothing disturb you
Let nothing frighten you
All things pass away:
God never changes.
Patience obtains all things.
He who has God
Finds he lacks nothing;
God alone suffices."