Rowan Williams from his book Teresa of Avila

Apart from any question of merit, God gives grace – compunction and repentance, but also the new and unexpected touches of intimacy that Teresa is now receiving; and when such gifts are given, it is false humility to deny or ignore them. We must acknowledge that, for all our natural poverty, we are enriched by God and are given favours in order to share them ) and she concludes, ‘how can anyone benefit and share his gifts lavishly if he doesn’t understand that he is rich?

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