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John [14:23-29] The Promise of the Holy Spirit Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 14,23-29. Jesus answered and said to him, "Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will …More
John [14:23-29] The Promise of the Holy Spirit

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 14,23-29.
Jesus answered and said to him, "Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him.
Whoever does not love me does not keep my words; yet the word you hear is not mine but that of the Father who sent me.
I have told you this while I am with you.
The Advocate, the holy Spirit that the Father will send in my name--he will teach you everything and remind you of all that (I) told you."
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.
You heard me tell you, 'I am going away and I will come back to you.' If you loved me, you would rejoice that I am going to the Father; for the Father is greater than I.
And now I have told you this before it happens, so that when it happens you may believe.

Copyright © Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, USCCB

Saint Teresa of Avila (1515-1582)

Carmelite, Doctor of the Church
Spiritual testimonies, 49 et 51 (© Institute of Carmelite Studies)

"If anyone loves me (...) we will come to him and make our dwelling with him"
Once while I was recollected in this company I always bear with me in my soul, God seemed so present to me that I thought of St. Peter's words: “You are the Christ, Son of the Living God” (Mt 16:16). For God was thus living in my soul. This presence is not like other visions, because it is accompanied by such living faith that one cannot doubt that the Trinity is in our souls by presence, power, and essence. It is an extremely beneficial thing to understand this truth. Since I was amazed to see such majesty in something so lowly as my soul, I heard: "It is not lowly, daughter, for it is made in my image" (Gn 1:27). Once while with this presence of the three Persons that I carry about in my soul, I experienced so much light you couldn't doubt the living and true God was there (...). I was reflecting upon how arduous a life this is that deprives us of being always in that wonderful company, and (...) the Lord said to me: "Think, daughter, of how after this life is finished you will not be able to serve me in ways you can now. Eat for me and sleep for me, and let everything you do be for me, as though you no longer lived but I; for this is what St. Paul was speaking of" (Gal 2:20).