“Let nothing trouble you. Let nothing make you afraid. All things pass away. God never changes. Patience obtains everything. God alone is enough.” – St. Teresa of Avila
It would not be the last opposition the Carmelite nun would face, however. Much of her next 20 years were spent in discontent; she was plagued by illness as well a struggle to integrate her relationships with the world and with God. She described her struggles in this way:
“On the one hand, God was calling me. On the other, I was following the way of the world. Doing what God wanted made me happy; but I felt bound by the things of this world. The two seemed contrary to each other: spiritual joys, and sensory pleasures. And so, I was not able to concentrate on prayer, because my mind was filled up with a thousand vanities.”
He lives with his lovely wife and eleven kids in northern Colorado.
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