The month of September 1763 was to unexpectedly turn her contemplative aspirations toward Carmel.
At this point, we are going to discuss an extraordinary favor, which is indeed remarkable since it is unique in her life. Saint Teresa Margaret is no saint of revelations. She traveled to the very end of her life in the “naked faith” extolled by Saint John of the Cross. Yet, at the very source of her decision to embrace the austere life of Carmel we find a supernatural “locution.” We cannot deny it. Not only is it well-substantiated but we even see it reflected in everything she did during the few months separating her from her entrance into Carmel.
In September 1763, young Anna Maria Redi [later, Teresa Margaret of the Sacred Heart] received a parting visit from one of her friends from Arezzo who was entering the Discalced Carmelites. The friend was young Cecilia Albergotti, later Sister Teresa of Jesus Crucified. At the moment of parting, the Saint heard a voice: “I am Teresa of Jesus—I want you among my daughters.”
Distressed and quite upset, young Anna Maria fled to the choir [of her Benedictine abbey school] to the feet of the Eucharistic Christ to Whom she always fled for help. Again she heard: “I am Teresa of Jesus, and I tell you that in a short time, you shall be in my monastery.”
Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalene, O.C.D.
The Ascetical Period
di Santa Maria Maddalena O.C.D., G 2006, From the Sacred Heart to the Trinity the spiritual itinerary of Saint Teresa Margaret of the Sacred Heart, O.C.D., translated from the Italian by Ramge, S, ICS Publications, Washington DC.
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