If Christ Jesus dwells in a person as friend and noble leader, that person can endure all things, for Christ helps and strengthens us and never abandons us. He is a true friend. And I clearly see that if we expect to please God and receive and abundance of graces, God desires that these graces must come to us from the hands of Christ, through his most sacred humanity, in which God takes delight....
What more do we desire from such a good friend at our side? Unlike our friends in the world, he will never abandon us when we are troubled or distressed. Blessed is the one who truly loves him and always keeps him near.
Teresa of Avila, The Book of Her Life, chapter 22
by your Spirit you raised up Saint Teresa of Avila
to show your Church the way to perfection.
May her inspired teaching awaken in us a longing for true holiness.
Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Prayer for the liturgy of October 15,
feast of St. Teresa of Avila,
Virgin and Doctor of the Church