Quotes by the luminous Christian mystic St. Teresa of Avila, accompanied by four paintings.

“Never affirm anything unless you are sure it is true.”

“Let nothing disturb thee;
Let nothing dismay thee:
All thing pass;
God never changes.
Patience attains
All that it strives for.
He who has God
Finds he lacks nothing:
God alone suffice.”

“All things fail; but Thou, Lord of all, never failest!”

“It seems as if Thou didst subject those who love Thee to a severe trial: but it is in order that they may learn, in the depths of that trial, the depths of Thy love.”

“Accustom yourself continually to make many acts of love, for they enkindle and melt the soul.”

“However quietly we speak, He is so near that He will hear us: we need no wings to go in search of Him but have only to find a place where we can be alone and look upon Him present within us.”

“The soul is satisfied now with nothing less than God. The pain is not bodily, but spiritual; though the body has its share in it, even a large one. It is a caressing of love so sweet which now takes place between the soul and God, that I pray God of his goodness to make him experience it who may think that I am lying.”

Paintings used in the video

  • “Teresa of Ávila” by François Gérard (1827)
  • “The Vision of Saint Teresa” by Bartolomeo Guidobono (1690)
  • “Walking on Water” by Ivan Aivazovsky (1890)
  • “Santa Teresa de Jesús” by José Alcázar Tejedor (1884)

Other Christian Mystics!

Mechtild of Magdeburg
Simone Weil
Meister Eckhart
St. Francis of Assisi

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Walt Whitman 
in Leaves of Grass (1855)

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