The young Chilean saint was predominantly a contemplative soul. For long hours near the tabernacle and before the cross that hung on the wall in her cell, she prayed and adored, pleaded and atoned for the redemption of the world, animating the apostolate of missionaries and, in particular, that of priests with the power of the Spirit.
“The Carmelite,” she would tell us, “is the sister of the priest” (Letter, 1919).
However, being contemplative like Mary of Bethany does not exempt Teresa from serving as Martha. In a world where one shamelessly struggles to excel, possess, and dominate, she teaches us that happiness is in being the last and the servant of all, following the example of Jesus, who came not to be served but to serve and to give his life for the redemption of many (cf. Mk 10:45).
Saint John Paul II
Homily, Mass of Canonization of Teresa of Jesus of the Andes (excerpt)
21 March 1993
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Featured image: One example of the hundreds of ex voto plaques at the shrine in Auco, Chile that thank St. Teresa of the Andes for favors granted. See more photos from Claudio Quezada’s Flickr album from the Santuario here. (Some rights reserved)
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