St. Teresa of Avila

Teresa of AvilaToday is the feast of St. Teresa of Avila, doctor of the church. She was an amazing woman and as most people know, she is one of the reformers (along with S. John of the Cross) of the Carmelite order. You can find out more about her here and here.

At first glance, we as married women, we might not think we have much in common with St. Teresa being that she was a contemplative and we generally lead (very!) active lives. The fact is, St. Teresa actually was very busy in reforming her order! She traveled a lot, had to deal with a lot of people and had to take care of many details in each of her convents.

All this was a heavy burden to Saint Teresa – a huge cross for her. She longed for solitude and yet was compelled to do the work she was called to do for God. She even lamented the fact that often went through a whole day not thinking about God! Can you relate to that? I can!

So, for those of us who are leading hectic lives, I offer this prayer for you:

“How is it God, that you have given me this hectic busy life when I have so little time to enjoy your presence? Throughout the day people are waiting to speak with me, and even at meals I have to continue talking to people about their needs and problems. During sleep itself I am still thinking and dreaming about the multitude of concerns that surround me. I do all this not for my own sake, but for yours.

To me my present pattern of life is a torment; I only hope that for you it is truly a sacrifice of love. I know that you are constantly beside me, yet I am usually so busy that I ignore you. If you want me to remain so busy, please force me to think about and love you even in the midst of such hectic activity. If you do not want me so busy, please release me from it, showing others how they can take over my responsibilities.” –Saint Teresa of Avila

(Hat tip to where I found this prayer.)

Of course, as mothers, we can’t turn over our responsibilities to someone else, but I pray that we (I!) have the grace to remember the Lord throughout the day and remain in His presence amidst our various duties.

(This post is linked to Fearless Fridays and Saints and Scripture Sunday.)


  1. amen amen amen..I am praying for your cousin…and I just learned about St. Teresa while watching EWTN..and I cried and cried….I so related to her life….
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  2. Carol, thank you for your comment and prayers at my blog. Blessings to you and yours.

  3. Thanks for the link! I’m glad you found the prayer helpful. I can think of no one busier than a mom!

  4. Thanks you so much for the prayers for my mom. I enjoyed reading about St. Teresa of Avila….Christine
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  5. St. Teresa of Avila is one of the most important saints in my life. Thanks for posting this prayer.

    • SimpleCatholic says

      That’s wonderful, Barb. 🙂 Getting to “know” Saint Teresa has been a blessing to me, as well. 🙂

  6. Carol,Thank you for the prayer of St. Teresa of Avila.I’ve read her writings but missed that. She certainly was swamped (“During sleep itself I am still thinking and dreaming about the multitude of concerns that surround me.”

    It’s wonderful to know that a glance can lift us in prayer as the other great Therese wrote “For me, prayer is a surge of the heart; it is a simple look turned toward heaven, it is a cry of recognition and of love, embracing both trial and joy.” She also said:”May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be.” *We can’t have too many St.Teresa / Therese’s.

    • SimpleCatholic says

      I’m glad you liked the pray, Joann.

      Those quotes from St. Therese are awesome. I’ve never heard prayer being a “surge of the heart” before; but, I am going to try and remember that!

  7. Carol,
    Thanks for this lovely prayer, and for the gentle reminder that our beloved Saints really do have a lot in common with ourselves.

    Thanks so much for playing along!

    • SimpleCatholic says

      Thanks, Dianna! What you say is so true. So many times we (rather, I) forget that the saints struggled the same way we do. That’s one of the things I like about Saint Teresa. She always kept it real!

  8. Sister Cecelia Cavanaugh SSJ says

    Hello! Do you know the original source (in what work of hers) of this quote by St. Teresa? Thanks

    • SimpleCatholic says

      Hello Sister, I am sorry but no, I don’t know where the quote originated. I found it on the website that I linked to at the end of this post by

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