The Way Of Perfection

“Imagine that this Lord Himself is at your side and see how lovingly and how humbly He is teaching you — and, believe me, you should stay with so good a Friend for as long as you can before you leave Him. If you become accustomed to having Him at your side, and if He sees that you love Him to be there and are always trying to please Him, you will never be able, as we put it, to send Him away, nor will He ever fail you. He will help you in all your trials and you will have Him everywhere. Do you think it is a small thing to have such a Friend as that beside you?…Your Spouse never takes His eyes off you, daughters….Is it such a great matter, then, for you to avert the eyes of your soul from outward things and sometimes to look at Him? See, He is only waiting for us to look at Him, as He says to the Bride. If you want Him, you will find Him. He longs so much for us to look at Him once more that it will not be for lack of effort on His part if we fail to do so…. He will look upon you with His lovely and compassionate eyes….Keep at the side of this good Master, then, and be most firmly resolved to learn what He teaches you; His Majesty will then ensure your not failing to be good disciples, and He will never leave you unless you leave Him. Consider the words uttered by those Divine lips: the very first of them will show you at once what love He has for you, and it is no small blessing and joy for the pupil to see that his Master loves Him.” —-An excerpt from “The Way Of Perfection” by St. Teresa of Avila

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