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Laughing with Teresa of Avila

Oct 15, 2021
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How God must have rejoiced in St. Teresa of Avila! She was intelligent, witty, graceful, assertive and decisive—never pompous or pious. She was quoted as having said, “From silly devotions and sour-faced saints, good Lord deliver us!”


St. Teresa once asked a sister in her community,
“Do you think it’s a small matter to have a friend like Jesus at your side?”
She knew that it was no small matter.
Help us, too, to remember you are there beside us always.


St. Teresa enjoyed laughing at herself. Remember her today by making a little joke about yourself and sharing it with those you love.

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