June 30. Last night I cried when I saw Him on that cross, fastened with nails for my love. How good he is and how ungrateful I’ve been. Tomorrow I’m going to exercise my apostolate. May Our Lord and my Mother grant that I have happy results.
I collected 30 pesos on my feast day. I’m going to buy shoes for Juanito, and the rest I’ll give to my mother to hold for me so it will be given to the poor. It is so rich to give to the poor. I gave my shoes to Juanito’s nurse.
Saint Teresa of Jesus of the Andes
Her Intimate Spiritual Diary, 26
Note: Biographer Father Michael Griffin notes that Juanito was a very poor little boy whom the Saint took care of permanently, using money from her own allowance. To raise funds to help him, she even “pawned her watch. When she entered Carmel she asked her family to care for him and, from the convent, showed her concern for him in various letters.”
Griffin, M D & Teresa of the Andes, S 2021, God, The Joy of My Life: A Biography of Saint Teresa of the Andes With the Saint’s Spiritual Diary, ICS Publications, Washington DC.