August 26, 2011
St. Teresa of Avila

St. Teresa of Avila says: “Praise be to Jesus.”

“Today I have come once again to speak about the virtuous life. Consider the analogy of a hand in a glove as it compares to the virtues of faith, hope and love. The index finger would be Holy Love, as it points and leads the way. The next two fingers would be faith and hope. The smallest finger would be Holy Humility, as the humble soul makes himself small. The thumb, which is so vital in the overall operation of the hand, represents the soul's free will.”

“The glove, which protects the hand, is truth itself. It guards the hand against soil, which in the spiritual life, would be temptations clothed in Satan's lies. The fabric of the glove, which guards and protects all truth, is Mother Mary's veil.”

“Perhaps this will help all to understand the spiritual life better.”