2553. In the mud

(Hagiography has not played a very big part in these stories, so here’s one with a hagiographical theme!)

When Teresa of Avila, the great 16th century Spanish reformer of the Carmelite nuns and monks, was crossing a plank over a muddy swollen creek she slipped and fell in the mud. She was heard to say a prayer:

If this is the way you treat your friends no wonder you have so few of them.

16 thoughts on “2553. In the mud

  1. Yvonne

    Bruce, my lovely niece and I have no idea what moral you are trying to get across to us! In the words of one of our (in)famous politicians “Please explain.”

    And, good morning to you.

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    1. Bruce Goodman Post author

      I knew people wouldn’t get it! To put the story another way – When Saint Theresa of Avila (1515-1582) fell into the river mud she was heard to shout (to God) “If that’s how you treat your friends no wonder you don’t have many.” Incidentally it was this same Theresa (despite others claiming it) who wrote the famous quotation: God, grant me the serenity to accept the things
      I cannot change,
      The courage to change the things I can,
      And the wisdom to know the difference.

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  2. Badfinger (Max)

    I’m so happy Yvonne and her lovely niece wasn’t sure either…I don’t feel alone. Thanks for the explanation.


  3. Bruce Goodman Post author

    If I wasn’t so polite I’d say that thickness is a contagious disease! Anyway – I knew people would have trouble with it – it’s why hagiography is not really my thing…Have spent the whole day water blasting the brick house and paths – so now I’m clean and sparkly and ready for another day!



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