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      The Passion of Teresa of Avila 

Chants, arias and hymns of love 

Lainie Diamond 

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Detail of St. Theresa, 1827,

by French painter François Gérard

“The Soul is like a castle made entirely out of a diamond or of very clear crystal,
in which there are many rooms, just as in heaven there are many dwelling places.”

(Interior Castle, chapter 1) ~ Teresa of Avila


Interior Castle 

The Passion of Teresa of Avila 

The timeless Teresa of Avila.

 Loved by people of all Faiths. 

Imagine if Teresa lived today? 

Great Love of God is available to us all. 

God's Divine Love Is For Us All. 


Interior Castle is imagined sung 

a capella, solo voice, 

Within the Interior Castle of the soul

in the person of

St. Teresa of Avila,

the Renaissance

Wonder Woman of the 16th Century. 


 This album and project is dedicated to women, and men, united together, in love of our God, our loved ones, and all of creation.

I hope the chants and songs bring peace and love to

the Interior Castle of The Soul.

Produced by Lainie Diamond

Recorded and Mixed by Lainie Diamond

Additional Mixing and Digital Editing by Chris Becker

Mastered by Doug Henderson at Micro-Moose-Berlin



This album was recorded October 26, 30, and November 9, 2020.

St. Theresa Catholic Church, Memorial Park, Houston, TX.


With Special Thanks to Fr. Phil Lloyd, pastor of St. Theresa Church.

Enrique Benitez, manager, and Andras Bandi, José Ortiz, and Juan Trejo for

your assistance with the recording sessions.


Special Thanks to

Teresa of Avila and Thérèse of Lisieux for their life-long friendships  

Joseph and Julie Fowler

Burton and Frances Diamond

Msgr. Anthony Dalla Villa, rector of The Cathedral of St. Patrick, New York City

Dr. Frances Renda

Vishwa Prakash

                                        Bonds Conway (1763-1843)                                       

 Anyuta Lifshitz (1928-1941)

The Center For Pursuit, Houston

The Jung Center of Houston, Texas

Mimi and Donnie Hughes

Doris Murdock

Diana Sepulveda

Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites of The Most Holy Trinity and St. Joseph

Rob Marchesani

Cynthia Veglia

Bruce, Bonnie, Natalie and Valerie Diamond

To all singers and artists of world music past, present, and future

St. Teresa of Ávila (1515-1582)


Teresa of Jesus was a Spanish mystic, contemplative, author,

theologian and reformer, amongst many

spiritual accomplishments.

She was a down-to-earth woman with a great sense of humor, who saw God in all creatures, and things, big and small, of our God. 

She was a mystic who shared her spiritual experiences of

'Divine Love For Us All,' and the mystical union with God and others, through every day life and prayer, contemplation, and also miracles. 

St. Teresa and St. John of The Cross were great spiritual friends who through God's great love, together helped transform our world. 

Teresa was a woman of Jewish Converso heritage

 (forced conversions of the Jewish people) who at that time, was able to flourish artistically as a woman, and Carmelite nun, in the 16th Century, and during the challenging time of

the Spanish Inquisition. 

Teresa stands as a beacon of light, to remind us of what is so needed in our world today.

Divine Love for Us All. 


Cover Photo: Lainie Diamond  

The Side altar, next to The Ecstasy of St. Teresa,

Sculpture by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, 1645–52;

in the Cornaro Chapel, Santa Maria della Vittoria, Rome. 


All songs Public Domain, except:


“Ubi Caritas” by Taizé, music by Jacques Berthier

Copyright © 1979 Les Presses de Taizé, GIA Publications, Inc., agent All rights reserved. Used by permission.



“Nada Te Turbe” by Taizé, words by St. Teresa of Jesus, music by Jacques Berthier

Copyright © 1986 Les Presses de Taizé, GIA Publications, Inc., agent All rights reserved. Used by permission.


“Shepherd Me, O God” by Marty Haugen

Copyright © 1986 GIA Publications, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.


“I Am the Bread of Life” by Suzanne Toolan, RSM

Copyright © 1966, 1970, 1986, 1993 GIA Publications, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.


“O Love of God/Amor de Dios” © 1994, Bob Hurd and Pia Moriarty. Published by OCP. All rights reserved.


“O Sacred Head, Surrounded, PASSION CHORALE”; Hans Leo Hassler, 1564-1612; adapt. By Johann Sebastian Bach, 1685-1750; © 1995, 1997, OCP. All rights reserved.

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God save us from gloomy saints!”
― St. Theresa of Avila

"The important thing is not to think much but to love much;

and so do that which best stirs you to love." 

― Teresa of Ávila

“May today there be peace within.

May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be.

May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith.

May you use those gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you.

May you be content knowing you are a child of God.

Let this presence settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom

to sing, dance, praise and love.

It is there for each and every one of us.”

― Teresa of Ávila


"Let nothing upset you,

Let nothing frighten you,

All things are passing, 

God never changes.

Patience obtains all things

Whoever has God lacks nothing;

God alone suffices."


~ St. Teresa of Avila

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