“When we come to prayer with a humble heart, the door is opened much wider than when we think we are still affecting everything. Throughout her writings Teresa never tired of reminding us of the great benefits of entering into genuine humility, that is, of allowing the ego to release control. When we do this, our prayers can become pure and spontaneous thoughts of the soul, or simply a state of being where we rest rather than constant petitions for what we want.
Teresa strongly disliked repetitive prayers and voiced her displeasure at this religious ritual: “Would we give a friend so little attention?” she asked. She actively encouraged praying with thought and feeling and demanded respectful interaction with the divine, not simply uttering words out of habit or hope.”
Megan Don, in “Meditations with Teresa of Avila”
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