Quote of the day: 3 April

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Commemorative oil painting of Teresa of Jesus of the Andes that was used to create the banner for the Mass of Beatification in Santiago, 3 April 1987 during Saint John Paul II’s apostolic journey to Chile | Philippus2011 / WikimediaCommons

This is her message: happiness is in God alone; only God is infinite joy.

The Church today proclaims Sister Teresa de los Andes to be Blessed and, as of this day, she venerates her and invokes her with this title.

Blessed, blissful, happy, is the person who has made the Gospel’s beatitudes the center of her life; that she has lived them with heroic intensity.

In this way, our Blessed, having put into practice the beatitudes, incarnated in her life the most perfect example of holiness that is Christ. Indeed, Teresa of the Andes radiates the happiness of poverty of spirit, the goodness and meekness of her heart, the hidden suffering with which God purifies and sanctifies his chosen ones. She hungers and thirsts for justice, loves God intensely and wants God to be loved and known by all. God made her merciful in her total immolation for priests and for the conversion of sinners; peaceful and conciliatory, she sowed understanding and dialogue all around her. She reflects, above all, the bliss of purity of heart. Indeed, she gave herself totally to Christ and Jesus opened her eyes to the contemplation of his mysteries.

God also permitted her in advance to taste the sublime joy of living beforehand on earth the bliss and joyfulness of communion with God in the service of others.

This is her message: happiness is in God alone; only God is infinite joy. Young people of Chile, youth of Latin America, discover in Sister Teresa the joy of living the Christian faith to its very extreme! Take her as a model!

Saint John Paul II

Homily, Mass of Beatification of Sister Teresa of the Andes (excerpts)
Parque O’Higgins, Santiago de Chile
Friday 3 April 1987

Beatification Teresa de los Andes 1987 Blessing
Saint John Paul II waves farewell to the faithful at the conclusion of the Mass of Beatification of Teresa of Jesus of the Andes in Parque O’Higgins, Santiago, Chile, 3 April 1987 | Photo: Santuario Teresa de los Andes

Explore Saint John Paul II’s 1987 Apostolic Journey to Uruguay, Chile, and Argentina here

English translation of St. John Paul II's homily is the blogger's own work; do not reproduce without permission.

Lo invisible de Ronda — Casablanca, en Yunquera (Màlaga)

Visita turística obligada, desde Yunquera, es la impresionante Ronda. No queremos detenernos en describir esta ciudad colgante, la red esta llena de imágenes. Lo que no esta en las guías son algunos rincones de la ciudad que “no tienen desperdicio”.

Como la mano incorrupta de Santa Teresa

La mano incorrupta de Santa Teresa fue restituida por la familia de Franco, una vez muerto, […]

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Quote of the day: 24 March

I arrived here safely on the vigil of our Lady. Señora Doña Luisa was overjoyed. We spent a lot of time talking about you, which is a pleasure for me, for since she loves you so much she doesn’t tire of this.

Saint Teresa of Avila

Letter 19 to María de Mendoza, Valladolid (excerpt)
Toledo, End of March 1569

Doña Luis de la Cerda 

“Yo llegué aquí buena la víspera de nuestra Señora. Hase holgado en extremo la señora doña Luisa.”

Cerda, Luisa de la (d. 1596). Daughter of the second Duke of Medinaceli, Luisa de la Cerda in 1537 married Antonio Arias Pardo de Saavedra, nephew of Cardinal Pardo de Tavera and one of the wealthiest and most titled men in Castile. Of his seven children, four were still alive when he died in 1561. His death left his wife so afflicted that the family began to fear for her. Finally, after many other failed attempts to comfort her, the family asked the provincial of the Carmelites to allow Teresa to stay with her in her palace in Toledo. Teresa remained with her for about six months and was able to help free her from the bonds of her affliction, frequent the sacraments, and practice good works. While living in the palace, Teresa was able to observe that nobility and wealth did not free one from the slavery of many human passions. In 1567 Luisa offered to fund a foundation in Malagón if the nuns would pray for her deceased husband. The house that the nuns rented there was poor and inadequate for their needs. Finally, on her return from Seville, Teresa insisted that Luisa build them a new monastery, which she had promised to do. The new monastery, the only one of Teresa’s houses that was not an adaptation of some already existing house, was built according to Teresa’s own specifications and still exists as a Carmel today, as do all of Teresa’s foundations. When the foundation of nuns in Toledo was made, Luisa gave them hospitality in her home while they tried to find a house for themselves. They were very poor and met with serious difficulties, but it doesn’t seem that Luisa did anything to help them. Teresa wrote in her Foundations, “It will seem impossible that though we had stayed in the house of that lady who loved me so much, we had to enter the new foundation in so much poverty (Foundations 15.13). Nonetheless Teresa continued on good terms with Doña Luisa, sending her little gifts, but also feeling free to ask her for favors when she needed help for herself or someone else. Among these favors was the task Doña Luisa undertook to deliver the precious secret manuscript of Teresa’s Life to St. John of Avila.

Letter 19 excerpt and Biography of Doña Luisa de la Cerda
The Collected Works of St. Teresa of Avila
Translated by Kieran Kavanaugh, O.C.D. and Otilio Rodriguez, O.C.D.
ICS Publications Copyright © 2001, 1985 by Washington Province of Discalced Carmelite Friars, Inc.

Luz de Cristo para toda la Iglesia chilena

Dios ha hecho brillar en ella de modo admirable la luz de su Hijo Jesucristo

Luz de Cristo para toda la Iglesia chilena es Sor Teresa de los Andes, Teresa de Jesús, carmelita descalza y primicia de santidad del Carmelo Teresiano de América Latina, que hoy es incorporada al número de los Santos de la Iglesia universal.

Al igual que en la primera lectura que hemos escuchado del libro de Samuel, la figura de Teresa sobresale no por “ su apariencia ni su gran estatura ”. “ La mirada de Dios – nos dice el libro sagrado – no es como la mirada del hombre, pues el hombre mira las apariencias, pero el Señor mira el corazón ”. Por eso, en su joven vida de poco más de 19 años, en sus once meses de carmelita, Dios ha hecho brillar en ella de modo admirable la luz de su Hijo Jesucristo, para que sirva de faro y guía a un mundo que parece cegarse con el resplandor de lo divino.

La vida de la bienaventurada Teresa grita quedamente desde el claustro:

“ ¡Sólo Dios basta! ”

A una sociedad secularizada, que vive de espaldas a Dios, esta carmelita chilena, que con vivo gozo presento como modelo de la perenne juventud del Evangelio, ofrece el límpido testimonio de una existencia que proclama a los hombres y mujeres de hoy que en el amar, adorar y servir a Dios están la grandeza y el gozo, la libertad y la realización plena de la criatura humana. La vida de la bienaventurada Teresa grita quedamente desde el claustro: “ ¡Sólo Dios basta! ”.

Y lo grita especialmente a los jóvenes, hambrientos de verdad y en búsqueda de una luz que dé sentido a sus vidas. A una juventud solicitada por los continuos mensajes y estímulos de una cultura erotizada, y a una sociedad que confunde el amor genuino, que es donación, con la utilización hedonista del otro, esta joven virgen de los Andes proclama hoy la belleza y bienaventuranza que emana de los corazones puros.

Cuando quiero, es para siempre. Una carmelita no olvida jamás. Desde su pequeña celda acompaña a las almas que en el mundo quiso.

En su tierno amor a Cristo Teresa encuentra la esencia del mensaje cristiano: amar, sufrir, orar, servir. En el seno de su familia aprendió a amar a Dios sobre todas las cosas. Y al sentirse posesión exclusiva de su Creador, su amor al prójimo se hace aún más intenso y definitivo. Así lo afirma en una de sus cartas: “ Cuando quiero, es para siempre. Una carmelita no olvida jamás. Desde su pequeña celda acompaña a las almas que en el mundo quiso ”.

Su encendido amor lleva a Teresa a desear sufrir con Jesús y como Jesús: “ Sufrir y amar, como el cordero de Dios que lleva sobre sí los pecados del mundo ” – nos dice –. Ella quiere ser hostia inmaculada ofrecida en sacrificio continuo y silencioso por los pecadores. “ Somos corredentoras del mundo – dirá más adelante – y la redención de las almas no se efectúa sin cruz ”.

La carmelita es hermana del sacerdote

La joven Santa chilena fue eminentemente un alma contemplativa. Durante largas horas junto al tabernáculo y ante la cruz que presidía su celda, ora y adora, suplica y expía por la redención del mundo, animando con la fuerza del Espíritu el apostolado de los misioneros y, en especial, el de los sacerdotes. “ La carmelita – nos dirá – es hermana del sacerdote ”. Sin embargo, ser contemplativa como María de Betania no exime a Teresa de servir como Marta. En un mundo donde se lucha sin denuedo por sobresalir, por poseer y dominar, ella nos enseña que la felicidad está en ser la última y la servidora de todos, siguiendo el ejemplo de Jesús, que no vino a ser servido sino a servir y a dar su vida en redención de muchos.

Ahora, desde la eternidad, Santa Teresa de los Andes continúa intercediendo como abogada de un sin fin de hermanos y hermanas. La que encontró su cielo en la tierra desposando a Jesús, lo contempla ahora sin velos ni sombras, y desde su inmediata cercania intercede por quienes buscan la luz de Cristo.

San Juan Pablo II

Extractos de la homilía de San Juan Pablo II para la canonización de Teresa de Jesús de los Andes y Claudine Thévenet
21 de marzo de 1993

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Perdóname | Santuario Santa Teresa de los Andes | Claudio Quezada Ibáñez / Flickr

Fiesta de san José. Reflexión sobre el tema vocacional — Teresa, de la rueca a la pluma

Daniel de Pablo Maroto, ocd “La Santa” (Ávila)

La Fiesta de San José evoca, entre otros sentimientos, el recuerdo del “día del seminario” donde se educan los futuros sacerdotes. Con ese motivo, ofrezco unas reflexiones sobre las “vocaciones” sacerdotales y religiosas, tan escasas en tiempo de sequía de la fe cristiana, un hecho alarmante […]

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La espiritualidad del desierto — Teresa, de la rueca a la pluma

Anna Seguí, ocd Puçol Desierto de las Palmas (Castellón), 1- abril, 2017 Introducción “Yo la voy a enamorar: la llevaré al desierto y le hablaré al corazón” (Os 2,14). Con estas palabras del profeta Oseas, quiero suavizar un poco la hostilidad que evoca la palabra desierto, como lugar improductivo, capaz de tragarnos, hasta hacernos morir. […]

via La espiritualidad del desierto — Teresa, de la rueca a la pluma

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Statue featured in the exhibition, “Santa Teresa de Jesús y San Juan de la Cruz: El Encuentro” in Valladolid, Autumn 2014 | Ha sido presentado en el Museo de las Ferias de Medina del Campo el Catálogo de la exposición “Santa Teresa de Jesús y San Juan de la Cruz: El encuentro”. El acto de presentación ha contado con la presencia de varios de los autores de los estudios y fichas catalográficas. | Fotografía: Ángel Cantero | 25-11-2014 Iglesia de Valladolid / Flickr

 

Bajo tu amparo nos acogemos,
santa Madre de Dios;
no deseches las oraciones
que te dirigimos
en nuestras necesidades,
antes bien
líbranos de todo peligro,
¡oh Virgen gloriosa y bendita!

Amén.

No sea boba

Yo le digo que no sea boba, ni ande con temores que acobarden el alma. Dele a Dios lo que le ha dado y le da cada día, que parece quiere ella medir a Dios a la medida de su capacidad. Pues no ha de ser así. Aparéjese que le quiere Dios hacer una gran merced.

San Juan de la Cruz
A la M. Ana de san Alberto, OCD, Priora de Caravaca
Epistolario 3, 1582

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San Juan de la Cruz

Almas paras Dios

¡Almas, almas paras Dios!

¡No quiero que se condenen!

¡Señor, ayúdame a conseguirlo!

Beata Josefa Naval Girbés
Miembro de la Tercera Orden del Carmelo Teresiano
11.12.1820 – 24.2.1893

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La Beata Pepa

Quote of the day: 22 February

Being in prayer on the feastday of the glorious St. Peter, I saw or, to put it better, I felt Christ beside me; I saw nothing with my bodily eyes or with my soul, but it seemed to me that Christ was at my side — I saw that it was He, in my opinion, who was speaking to me.

Valladolid-adoration
Ángel Cantero / Iglesia en Valladolid

Since I was completely unaware that there could be a vision like this one, it greatly frightened me in the beginning; I did nothing but weep. However, by speaking one word alone to assure me, the Lord left me feeling as I usually did: quiet, favored, and without any fear. It seemed to me that Jesus Christ was always present at my side; but since this wasn’t an imaginative vision, I didn’t see any form.

Yet I felt very clearly that He was always present at my right side and that He was the witness of everything I did. At no time in which I was a little recollected, or not greatly distracted, was I able to ignore that He was present at my side.

Yet I felt very clearly that He was always present at my right side and that He was the witness of everything I did.

I immediately went very anxiously to my confessor to tell him. He asked me in what form I saw Him. I answered that I didn’t see Him. He asked how I knew that it was Christ.

I answered that I didn’t know how, but that I couldn’t help knowing that He was beside me, that I saw and felt Him clearly, that my recollection of soul was greater, and that I was very continuously in the prayer of quiet, that the effects were much different from those I usually experienced, and that it was very clear.

It seemed to me that Jesus Christ was always present at my side

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Ángel Cantero / Iglesia en Valladolid

I could do nothing but draw comparisons in order to explain myself. And, indeed, there is no comparison that fits this kind of vision very well. Since this vision is among the most sublime (as I was afterward told by a very holy and spiritual man, whose name is Friar Peter of Alcántara and of whom I shall speak later, and by other men of great learning) and the kind in which the devil can interfere the least of all, there are no means by which those of us who know little here below can explain it. Learned men will explain it better.

I couldn’t help knowing that He was beside me
I saw and felt Him clearly
my recollection of soul was greater
I was very continuously in the prayer of quiet
the effects were much different
it was very clear

The Book of Her Life: Chapter 27; The Collected Works of St. Teresa of Avila 
Translated by Kieran Kavanaugh, O.C.D. and Otilio Rodriguez, O.C.D. (unless otherwise noted)
Published by ICS Publications, Washington DC 
Copyright © 1976 by Washington Province of Discalced Carmelite Friars, Inc.
JUANdelaCRUZ - The soul lives where it loves SPANISH
Mas ¿cómo perseveras, ¡oh vida!,
no viviendo donde vives?
Para cuya inteligencia es de saber que el alma más vive donde ama que en el cuerpo donde anima, porque en el cuerpo ella no tiene su vida, antes ella la da al cuerpo, y ella vive por amor en lo que ama.
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JUAN dela CRUZ - For he truly loves you SPANISH IGsize
San Juan de la Cruz
Epistolario 15. – A la M. Leonor de san Gabriel, OCD, en Córdoba
De Segovia y julio 8 de 1589

 

Quote of the day: 9 February

SAINT TERESA OF AVILA
Spiritual Testimonies, No. 6
(Malagón, Feb. 9, 1570)

Our Lord encourages her to make more foundations and to write their history

Right after I received Communion, on the second day of Lent, in St. Joseph’s at Malagón, our Lord Jesus Christ appeared to me in an imaginative vision, as He usually does.

While I was gazing upon Him, I saw in place of the crown of thorns a crown of great brilliance on His head, there where the wounds must have been made.

Since I am devoted to this episode of the Passion, I was very much consoled and began to think how great the torment must have been since there were so many wounds; and I became afflicted. The Lord told me that I shouldn’t grieve over those wounds, but over the many that were now inflicted upon Him. I asked Him what I could do as a remedy for this because I was determined to do everything I could.

He told me that now was not the time for rest, but that I should hurry to establish these houses

He told me that now was not the time for rest, but that I should hurry to establish these houses; that He found his rest with the souls living in them; that I should accept as many houses as given me since there were many persons who did not serve Him because they had no place for it; that those houses I founded in small towns should be like this one, for, by desire, as much could be merited as in the other houses; that I should strive to put all the houses under the government of a superior; that I should insist that the interior peace not be lost through a concern for bodily sustenance; that He would help us so nothing would be lacking; that the sick especially should be cared for; that a prioress who did not provide for and favor the sick was like Job’s friends; that He made use of the scourge for the good of souls, and that in such an event they should practice patience;

and that I should write about the foundation of these houses.

I thought of how in regard to the house at Medina I never understood anything in a way that I could write of its foundation. He told me that that was all the more reason to write of it since He wanted it to be seen that the Medina foundation had been miraculous. He meant that He alone founded that house since it had seemed absolutely impossible to found.

And as a result I decided to write about the founding of these houses.

Convento de la Imagen (Alcalá de Henares) Lintel
Convento de la Imagen (Alcalá de Henares)
Llamado oficialmente como convento de Carmelitas Descalzas de la Concepción, se asienta sobre el renacentista palacio del marqués de Lanzarote, con portada obra de Covarrubias del siglo XVI.
Photo: santiago lopez-pastor

With profound gratitude to the translator, Father Kieran Kavanaugh, O.C.D., who with his Spanish collaborator Father Otilio Rodriguez is the sine qua non of all of the texts of St. Teresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross that we publish on this blog. Father Kieran died 2 February 2019, just days shy of his 91st birthday. His funeral Mass is celebrated today, 9 February in the monastery chapel in Washington DC and his interment will be at the provincial cemetery in Holy Hill, Wisconsin, 14 February. To learn more about Father Kieran and his remarkable career as a translator and Discalced Carmelite, visit the Washington Province blog.

Quote of the Day: 17 January

For a long while now I have hardly been able to do any work. From the beginning of September until the middle of December, I took care of our good, eldest lay sister, Sr. Clara (cancer of the liver, as far as the doctors can tell). Then I got the office of turn-sister [portress], which means being a contact between the cloister and the outside world. You can imagine that for this one needs a serviceable walking apparatus. I hope to be allowed to make my perpetual profession on April 21. Soon thereafter follows the Veiling Ceremony. That is, again, a big public celebration that the beloved baptismal sponsor [Hedwig Conrad-Martius] should not miss. Hopefully the League of Academics will again cover the cost of travel. We celebrated the 300th Jubilee Year of the Cologne Carmel for four days at the end of September/beginning of October. Our dear Mother <Teresa Renata> wrote a beautiful commemorative booklet for the occasion. I believe you will receive it as a gift when you next visit us.

Do you know that Husserl’s health is very poor? This summer he suffered a severe recurrence of pleurisy and is not recovering well from it. Would you write to him sometime perhaps? They now live in Freiburg-Herdern, at Schöneck 6.

Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein
Letter 257 to Hedwig Conrad-Martius, 17 January 1938

Quote of the day: 16 January

You have entered an Order so holy and perfect, that by keeping its rules and constitutions faithfully, one will go directly from her deathbed to her home in heaven.

Servant of God Anne of Jesus
Autobiography of Blessed Mother Anne of St. Bartholomew

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Death of Saint Teresa
Quito School, 17th c.
Mural painting
Upper cloister, Carmel of Carmen Alto, Quito
therese - i came to save souls spanish
Sí, el sufrimiento me tendió los brazos, y yo me arrojé en ellos con amor…
A los pies de Jesús-Hostia, en el interrogatorio que precedió a mi
profesión, declaré lo que venía a hacer en el Carmelo: «He venido para
salvar almas, y, sobre todo, para orar por los sacerdotes».  (Ms A, 69v)

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