Reflection 1.18.17

In order to make advance in prayer… we must remember that the business of prayer does not consist in thinking much but in loving much.  Do therefore whatever may excite you most to love.  Therefore, in such times of quietude, let the soul remain in its repose.  Put aside learning.  The time will come when learning is useful for the Lord.  It should be esteemed so that it is not abandoned for any treasure, but should be used only to serve his Majesty.  This alone is helpful.  Believe me, in the presence of infinite Wisdom, a little study of humility and one act of humility is worth all the knowledge in the world.  For here there is no demand for reasoning, but simply knowing what we are and that we are humbly in God’s presence.

~Teresa of Avila,  A Garden of Prayer

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