Wisdom from St Teresa of Avila

We are always in the presence of God, yet it seems to me that the manner in which He is present is different for those who pray. So said Teresa Cepeda y Ahumada, a most extraordinary 16th century Spanish woman. We know her as St Teresa of Avila or St Teresa of Jesus, the founder…

St Therese the brave

St Therese of Lisieux is depicted in statues in many a Catholic church; a young woman with soft brown eyes and high cheekbones, dressed with a light coloured cloak over floor-length dark brown habit. She’s generally recognised by the pink or yellow roses and a crucifix held with slender hands to her breast. A perfect…

Desert spirituality today

I was emailed an interview with a Greek Orthodox theologian by a friend yesterday and it was a beautiful piece of spiritual reading, perfectly timed to find me sitting at the kitchen table contemplating some apple and cinnamon muffins warm from the oven. Healthy ascetism and fresh apple muffins can pair really well, believe me….