1st July

This year we celebrate the 500th anniversary of St Teresa of Avila’s birthday. She is a doctor of the Teresa_of_Avila_dsc01644Church for her outstanding contribution to spirituality.

There is an excerpt of her writings in today’s Office of Readings concerning the Kingdom of Heaven, which will be our eternal home.

Now, then. The greatest joy in the kingdom of heaven (the greatest among many) seems to me to be that we will no longer be tied up with earthly concerns but will have rest and glory within us – rejoicing that gives joy to everyone, peace that lasts for ever – satisfaction in ourselves, a satisfaction that comes from seeing how everyone is praising the Lord and blessing and hallowing his name, while no-one offends him. Everyone loves him. Each soul has no wish other than to love him: it cannot stop loving him because it knows him truly.
  If only we knew him like that even here on earth, we would love him in the same way – not with that degree of perfection, of course, but in a very different way from the way we love him now.
He who can give good things to his children urges us to ask, to seek and to knock. The more loyal our faith, the stronger our hope and the more ardent our desire, so much the more shall we receive.