The Thirst (Teresa/Therese) Effect

Thomas Griffin 1/19/21

The Thirst (Teresa/Therese) Effect – Ascension Press (1/13/21)

Excerpt: ” The present situation of the world, with all of its challenges and sufferings, carries at least one benefit: many of us have more time for prayer than ever before. “Moments of reflection” are increasingly part of our daily lives, at least for those of us not working on the front lines or caring for dependent family members.

 To grow in prayer, we need masters of the spiritual life to guide us. The masters of prayer are the saints. When we investigate the lives of the saints, often themes and patterns emerge, as God reveals himself over and over to willing souls through the ages. This is made vividly evident by the lives of three of the most important Catholic women to live in the last five hundred years: each with the same name, each with a different lesson to teach us about prayer. 

St. Teresa of Avila (1515-1582), St. Therese of Lisieux (1873-1897), and St. Teresa of Calcutta (1910-1997) each portray the utter simplicity of what it means to be a disciple of Christ. They all faced tremendous challenges, and they all had their own stretches of spiritual darkness. However, their consistent pledge and foundation was the loving thirst of Jesus and their desire to bring others to his side.”  

Thomas Griffin teaches at a Catholic high school on Long Island and lives with his wife and son. He received a master’s degree in theology and is currently a master’s candidate in philosophy. He writes for several Catholic media outlets.

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