March 15, 2014

Ascending to Heaven

Once I (St. Theresa of Avila) was in a college of the Company of Jesus, suffering severely in soul and body, as I have said I sometimes used to, and still do, to such an extent that I was hardly capable of thinking a single good thought. On that night a brother of that house of the Company had died (this was Alonso de Henao, who had come from the Jesuit College at Alcala and died on April 11, 1557); and, while I was commending him to God as well as I was able, and hearing a Mass that was being said by another Father of the Company, I became deeply recollected and saw him ascending to Heaven in great glory, and the Lord ascending with him. I understood that it was by a special favor that His Majesty bore him company.

(Taken from My Daily Eucharist II by Joan Carter McHugh, and an excerpt contained there from The Autobiography of St. Theresa of Avila, by E. Allison Peters.)


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