united to Jesus and identified with him can everything.
It seems to me that this can be reached only by prayer"
"It is in
prayer that the soul learns to know Jesus and thus
to love him. Since love cannot be satisfied with difference
but with equality, the result is union in similarity"
"I can say
that my life is a continuous prayer, for everything
I do I do it out out of love for my Jesus" (Letter
my heaven here below. I live with him. Even when I
am walking, we speak together without being interrupted
by anyone. If you would know him enough, you would
love him. If you would stay with him for one hour,
you would know heaven on earth" (Letter 40).
An intense love for
Christ. Christian holiness can be summed
up in the love for Christ taking full possession of
the soul. Since her childhood Juanita gave her heart
to Christ. Her love for Jesus has reached a summit
quite extraordinary for such a young girl.
you want, Lucho: Jesus Christ, this mad of love, made
me mad" (Letter 107).
extent that we know this God made man, we come to
love him madly. I would like you to know him in order
to be truly in love with him
How not to love
this Jesus of our soul? he is uncreated Beauty, eternal
Wisdom, Goodness, Life, Love
Oh! Love Jesus.
Who can love you better? He thirsts for your heart"
Putting the love of Christ above everything else necessarily
entails sacrifices. For Juanita sacrifice consisted
mainly in renouncing her own will to always prefer
the will of God, in forgetting herself to help and
serve the others.
shown in sacrifice? When I think about Jesus' love,
then everything I can offer him seems to me so little"
we love, the more we need sacrifice and the more we
ardently desire it" (Letter 121).
sacrifice, renouncement to our own will to reach complete
union with Our Lord" (Letter 39).
"I shall foster to work for the happiness
of others" (Diary §20).
For Juanita one of the greatest
sacrifices of her life was to leave her family she
loved so much to follow Christ. See what she writes
in letters 73 (to her father) and 81 (to her brother
Lucho) at the time of her entrance into Carmel.
Friendship. Juanita had a very loving heart,
very desiring to establish bonds of friendship. Many
letters show how much she loved her friends and enjoyed
spending time with them. She regularly asked to receive
news from them. At the same time she tried to sanctify
her friendships, understanding that the grace of God,
far from destroying a true human friendship, purifies
it and ennobles it.
the value of a good friend. I was truly feeling the
need to expand myself into someone who understands
me and feels what I feel. How much good you did to
me!" (Letter 31).
thank God to have united our souls by the bond of
true friendship, which consists in mutually perfectioning
ourselves to get closer to God" (Letter 82).
love takes possession of a heart, it transforms it,
it makes human love divine, so to speak" (Letter
one of the most striking aspects of Teresa's holiness.
She had understood that "God is infinite joy".
She had the joy of God in her heart and was radiating
it through her face and through her letters. Teresa's
joy was neither easy nor superficial. It was the fruit
of her great love for God, of her total gift of herself
to Christ, of the generosity with which she accomplished
the will of God and worked hard with the Lord's grace
to purify her heart from pride and egoism. In this
way Teresa allowed God's joy to overflow in her heart.
make me happier than God? In him I find everything"
"I am happy
and shall never cease to be so because I belong to
my God. At every moment I find in him my heaven and
an eternal and immutable love. I don't desire anything
but him and this love grows in my soul inasmuch I
see myself introduced in the the bosom of his divine
love and adorable perfections" (Letter 148).
"It is impossible
to imagine how happy I am. I feel peace, so intimate
a joy that I tell myself that if people in the world
would see this happiness, all would run to shut themselves
in convents" (Letter 133).
"I am the
happiest creature in the world. God is infinite joy"
"I am the
happiest creature. I don't desire anything more because
my whole being is satiated by God who is Love"