October 15th is the feast day of St. Teresa of Avila. Most if not all of the posts written about her tend to focus on her mystical experiences. I want to focus on the Saint who had much common sense and kept both feet firmly on the ground. After all, she was the Saint that told the depressed sisters under her charge to go out for a walk rather than sit in chapel meditating –likely on their sufferings.
Here are some words of St. Teresa of Avila. I took the liberty to apply her wisdom to those struggling with depression.
When you think all of life is one long unremitting painful day and fall into the trap of thinking depression is your life, you say things like, “I will always feel this way,” “I’ll never get well,” and “I am destined to be lonely.” St. Teresa of Avila would tell you, “Pain is never permanent.”
When you beat yourself up over real and imagined mistakes, sins. St. Teresa of Avila’s comment to you would be, “To reach something good it is very useful to have gone astray, and thus acquire experience.” How’s that for turning a negative to a positive.
When you want to escape to new places or new situations because of the pain you forget that God is wherever you happen to be, even in the pain of depression. St. Teresa of Avila would remind you, “All things must come to the soul from its roots, from where it is planted.”
When you can’t concentrate or form thoughts or don’t have it in you to pray because of a depression episode, Teresa of Avila would tell you, “Prayer is an act of love, words are not needed. Even if sickness distracts from thoughts, all that is needed is the WILL to love.”
Here is a brief biography of St. Theresa of Avila. It is my favorite brief biography. http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=208
Quotes from brainyquotes.com; Picture is public domain by Francois Gerar, 1826
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