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Saturday, October 15, 2005
St. Teresa of Avila

Memorial (1969 Calendar): October 15
Double (1955 Calendar): October 15

"Let nothing trouble you, let nothing make you afraid. All things pass away. God never changes. Patience obtains everything. God alone is enough." -- St. Teresa of Avila

Today the Church remembers and celebrates the life of St. Teresa of Avila (also called St. Teresa of Jesus). St. Teresa was born on March 28, 1515, in Spain, and she loved Our Lord since her youth. St. Teresa would even play "hermit" in her garden. At the age of 12, St. Teresa's mother died, and she prayed for Our Blessed Mother Mary to be her new mother. St. Teresa was very weakened by a serious illness in her youth, and she was healed through the intercession of St. Joseph. At 17 she left home and entered a religious order but initially her father would not accept it. Finally, after seeing the conviction in his daughter, he consented to her entering the consecrated life.

St. Teresa was soon ill again, and she never fully recovered. During this time of spiritual growth, St. Teresa received many visions approved as authentic following examinations by Dominicans and Jesuits, including Saint Francis Borgia.

She founded a reformed convent after thinking her current one was too lax in rule. She was a mystic and a great writer, who wrote one of my personal favorite books, Interior Castle.

On October 4, 1582, St. Teresa of Avila died in the arms of her secretary and close friend Blessed Anne of Saint Bartholomew. Her body is incorruptible.

She was canonized in 1622 by Pope Gregory XV.


Graciously hear us, O God our Savior, and grant that as we rejoice in the festival of blessed Teresa, Thy Virgin, so we may be nourished by her heavenly teaching, and grow in loving devotion towards Thee. Through our Lord.

Prayer Source: 1962 Roman Catholic Daily Missal


del_button October 15, 2005 at 11:47 PM
Hector said...

Thanks to you Moneybags I was able to pray the litany tonight...

del_button October 16, 2005 at 2:02 PM
Moneybags said...

I'm glad that helped you, Hector. Thanks for all of your input at my blog.

God Bless

del_button October 17, 2005 at 6:50 AM
marie said...

At times many people become confused between man made Laws and God's Moral Law which overrides all!
It was once lawful to murder children and adults who had disabilities in Nazi Germany, that was a man made law..but was it right?

Love this topic BRAVO!

Peace of Christ to you all

del_button October 17, 2005 at 6:53 AM
Moneybags said...

Thank you for the reply, Marie :)

Peace be with you

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