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François Gérard, “Teresa of Ávila” (detail), 1827 (photo: Public Domain)

The great Doctor of the Church reminds us that, in times when ‘God has so many enemies and so few friends,’ we must strive to become holier and ensure ‘that these few friends be good ones.’

By Edward Pentin, EWTN News, May 1, 2023

Edward Pentin began reporting on the Pope and the Vatican with Vatican Radio before moving on to become the Rome correspondent for EWTN’s National Catholic Register. …

Edward PentinThroughout human history, in times of confusion, upheaval, and seemingly revolutionary change in society and within the Church, the human condition always remains the same — which is why the writings of great saints, clergy and laity of the past can be helpful and relatable to our own contemporary struggles.

As part of a series highlighting these pertinent texts, below is a passage from The Way of Perfection by St. Teresa of Ávila in which the 16th-century saint recounts how she resolved to do all she could to protect the Church and save souls in the face of internal attacks during the Protestant revolt. …

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