The Three Teresas

St. Therese of Lisieux (1873-1897) – entered a convent at the age of 15 and died of tuberculosis at the age of 24. Her one book is a spiritual autobiography entitled The Story of a Soul. Her simple outlook dignified the smallest tasks with eternal significance and came to be called the ‘little way.’ She is one of the 33 doctors of the Church. St. Therese took her name from St. Teresa of Avila. .

The most trivial work, the least action when inspired by love, is often of greater merit than the most outstanding achievement. It is not on their face value that God judges our deeds even when they bear the stamp of apparent holiness, but solely on the measure of love we put into them. . . And there is no one who can object that he is incapable of even this much, for such love is within the reach of all men.
-Saint Therese of Lisieux.

St. Teresa of Avila (1515-1582) – lived during a time of corruption and drew people back to God by her books and her foundations of carmelite nuns and friars. Her writings discussed prayer and the spiritual life in a comfortable, familiar, and approachable way. She inspired many people to pray with renewed vigor. She is one of the 33 doctors of the Church.

Mental prayer consists of what was explained: being aware and knowing that we are speaking, with whom we are speaking, and who we ourselves are who dare to speak so much with so great a lord. To think about this and other similar things, of how little we have served Him and how much we are obliged to serve Him, is mental prayer. Don’t think it amounts to some other kind of gibberish, and don’t let the name frighten you
-Saint Teresa of Avila.

St. Teresa of Calcutta (1910-1997) – reawakened and gave credibility to the idea of radical Christian discipleship in a world grown cynical and unimaginative. She is best known for her lively faith and her care for the poorest of the poor. Blessed Teresa took her name from St. Therese of Lisieux. She is popularly called Mother Teresa.

Be sincere in your prayers. Sincerity is humility, and you acquire humility only by accepting humiliations. All that has been said about humility is not enough to teach you humility. All that you have read about humility is not enough to teach you humility. You learn humility only by accepting humiliations. And you will meet humiliation all through your life. The greatest humiliation is to know that you are nothing. This you come to know when you face God in prayer.
-St. Teresa of Calcutta