“Whatever the cause of our anger or resentment, personal or universal, the reason and the result are the same. That is, we are disagreeing with the Beloved, and in doing so we are creating a wall of resistance that keeps the Beloved out. We may think that events should be happening in a different way, and we may have our own agenda about when they should happen. Teresa believed that the soul becomes extremely anguished when the Beloved’s timing differs from its own.
Even if what takes place is for the greater good of all, and divine guidance has assured the souls of this, we still may feel uncomfortable if what happens is not what we anticipated. The poor soul, said Teresa, how it grieves over this apparent delay. She came to see, however, that this grieving was unnecessary and gave up on her own plans, asking the Beloved to show her “where, how, and when.” That is, she surrendered to where she was supposed to be, how it was to occur, and when it would happen. She opened her soul to receive all that the Beloved wanted to give her, and so she experienced an exquisite taste of divine grace working through her and for her, at every moment that she was ready to receive.”
Megan Don, in “Meditations with Teresa of Avila”
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