St. Teresa reflects on the example of the layman she met and how "the fulfillment of the duties of obedience and charity" led to an amazing "improvement in spiritual things". Her conclusion is that "the Lord walks among the pots and pans" to help us.
Telling the story of a layman she knows, St. Teresa explains that we can practice obedience and the trials and distractions that result do not disturb our prayer because the Lord repays us well.
St. Elizabeth of the Trinity writes to a special friend on the first Sunday of October, playing matchmaker barely one month before her death. Are we surprised?
In matters touching on obedience He doesn't want the soul who truly loves Him to take any other path than the one He did: obediens usque ad mortem.
As we observe the 450th anniversary of St. Teresa's return to Avila under obedience to the Apostolic Visitor, we meditate on her teaching concerning obedience: "there is no path that leads more quickly to the highest perfection than obedience"
St. Edith Stein tells the story of how St. Teresa became the prioress of the Monastery of the Incarnation in Avila amid a great furor 450 years ago
I left Paris the day following the anniversary of the death of the Saint. Although I had no desire to go to Flanders, I took this journey...
The Church of Our Lady & Apostles is a large, imposing, Edwardian building in the town centre of Stockport, near Manchester, England. It is Grade 2 listed; and in the official “reasons for listing”, it makes especial mention of its Margaret Rope stained-glass window. Yet – here’s the odd thing – this window is almost... Continue Reading →
Two days before her death, she said to me once when we were alone: "My child, the hour of my death has come."
"I wouldn’t hesitate to answer, ‘My God, I want to die at eighty, for I’m not seeking my own glory but simply Your pleasure’."
Reading the Letters of St. Jerome so encouraged me that I decided to tell my father about my decision to take the habit
"I'm sure that the Good Lord wouldn't give you the desire to be POSSESSED by Him — by His Merciful Love — if He didn't reserve this favor for you"
Born in 1873, Thérèse Martin died in the Carmel of Lisieux 30 September 1897. She was canonized in 1925; in 1997 she was declared a Doctor of the Church by St. John Paul II.
Then why should I take fright when foes or demons assail me with their treacheries or wrath, when I have knowledge that the Queen's archangel is keeper of my path?