DAILY CATHOLIC     FRI-SAT-SUN     October 8-10, 1999     vol. 10, no. 192


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    "Getting to the Heart of the Matter" is what Sister Mary Lucy Astuto pinpoints in every issue when she takes a common sense approach to living our faith with her practical columns.

    This weekend Sister shares with us poignant, insightful and common sense gems imparted by the first Teresa - Saint Teresa of Avila, one of three women Doctors of the Church. The simplicity and logic of her offerings make it perfectly clear why she has been accorded such a high honor by Holy Mother Church for she lived and conveyed all that she preached. She would not compromise her faith even during a time when laxity ruled. She faced fierce opposition to reforming the rule of her Order to bring her fellow religious back in line with God's Will. These gems Sister Lucy shares with us give us an inkling of what kind of person St. Teresa was and remind us of two others who share that name - Saint Therese of Liseux and Mother Teresa as we can see in Sister's column this week entitled, Priceless Gems from St. Teresa of Avila.

    Her column provides effective, vital insights into our faith and ways of fulfilling God's Will every day in every way. You can visit Sr. Lucy at her web site for Heart of Mary Ministry at http://www .heartofmaryministry. com or you can reach her at Srmarylucy @aol.com by e-mail.


        Next Friday, October 15th, we celebrate the Feast of St. Teresa of Avila, Doctor of the Church. St. Teresa of Avila is also called St. Teresa of Jesus and is sometimes confused with St. Therese of Lisieux, the French saint.

        St. Teresa of Avila was born in Spain on March 28, 1515 and died October 14, 1582 at the age of 67. She was short of stature and therefore, used to refer to herself as "half of a friar." I want to tell more about her life, but shall do so in next week's column.

        For this week, I would like to share with you some of her famous maxims. I hope they will give you some food for thought before next week's column. So here are some of them ...

    • Untilled ground, however rich, will bring forth thistles and thorns; so also, the mind of man.

    • Let your words be few when in the midst of many.

    • Be modest in all your words and works.

    • In speaking to others be always calm and cheerful.

    • Never rebuke any one but with discretion, and humility, and self-abasement.

    • Bend yourself to the temper of whomever is speaking to you: be merry with the mirthful, sorrowful with the sad: in a word, make yourself all things to all, to gain all.

    • Never say anything you have not well considered and earnestly commended to our Lord, that nothing may be spoken which shall be displeasing to Him.

    • Never defend yourself unless there be very good reasons for it.

    • Never mention anything concerning yourself which men may think is praiseworthy, such as learning, goodness, birth, unless it's done with a hope of going good thereby, and then let it be done with humility, remembering that these are gifts of God.

    • Never exaggerate, but speak your mind in simplicity.

    • In all talking and conversation let something be always said of spiritual things, and so shall all idle words and evil-speaking be avoided.

    • Never assert anything without being first assured of it.

    • Never come forward to give your own opinion about anything unless asked to do so, or charity requires it.

    • When any one is speaking of spiritual things do you listen humbly and like a learner, and take to yourself the good that is spoken.

    • Make known to your superior [for Religious] and confessor all your temptations, imperfections, and dislikes, that he may give you counsel and help you to overcome them.

    • Never eat or drink except at the usual times, and then give earnest thanks to God.

    • Do all you do as if you really did it for His Majesty: a soul makes great gains thereby.

    • Never listen to, or say, evil of any one except of yourself, and when that gives you pleasure you are making great progress.

    • Whatever you do, offer it up to God, and pray it may be for His honor and glory.

    • In your mirth refrain from immoderate laughter, and let it be humble, modest, kindly, and edifying.

    • Imagine yourself always to be the servant of all, and look upon all as if they were Christ our Lord in person; and so shall you do Him honor and reverence.

        I'll share more about this great saint next week! God bless you!

October 8-10, 1999       volume 10, no. 192


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