Special Kind of Heart Intention

Beverly Lanzetta Meditations, Practice

TeresaofAvilaWebBWe don’t give ourselves completely to this path [to be a servant of love through the path of prayer], and therefore we do not obtain the blessings we desire in a short amount of time. Because: it seems to us we are giving all to God, whereas the truth of the matter is that we are paying God the rent or giving Him the fruits and keeping for ourselves the ownership and the root . . . since we do not succeed in giving up everything at once, this treasure as a result is not given to us all at once.

Teresa of Avila, The Book of Her Life (Washington, D.C.: Institute of Carmelite Studies, 1980), 11.2, 111.

“Because of the October revelations, I was the recipient of and radically committed to a new spiritual path; because my history, I was a mother fiercely devoted to her children. Both of these situations ruled out a traditional monastic lifeform. Yet I was again shown that if one gives one’s entire being to the divine pursuit, precisely the pattern of soul development that was true and good for one’s unique life situation would be revealed. All that was required was a special kind of heart intention, as the great teacher, St. Teresa of Avila, pointed out centuries ago.”

Beverly Lanzetta, Nine Jewels of Night: One souls Journey into God (San Diego, CA: Blue Sapphire Books), 212.