On 6 October 1571 St Teresa left the Carmel of Medina del Campo to return to Avila as prioress of the Monastery of the Incarnation, where she was once a member. Fr Kieran Kavanaugh explains this trying situation, including the reasons why an Apostolic Visitation was needed and the concrete human and financial challenges facing Teresa.
When Uncle Isidore Guérin died on this date in 1909, Céline was crushed in spirit, anguished that she could not be at her family’s side. She wrote to her cousin Jeanne, “if only you knew… how cruel the Rule seems at moments such as these...” But then she paused to reflect: “nothing of what we do for God is cruel” but sometimes it’s very painful, she added.
Carmelite scholar Father François de Sainte-Marie shares several gems of wisdom from Blessed John Soreth concerning the Carmelite Rule. Here's one example" "Do you want to get to heaven? Embrace the baseness of poverty and it will be yours..."
"The Apostle would have us keep silence, for in silence he tells us to work. As the Prophet also makes known to us: Silence is the way to foster holiness. Elsewhere he says: Your strength will lie in silence and hope."
When the Carmelite Prior General visited Avila in February 1567, St. Teresa "arranged that he come to St. Joseph's" and the bishop assisted in making the arrangements. Father General was so impressed he sent patent letters authorizing St. Teresa to found more monasteries. The first letter was dated 27 April 1567.
In a poem that St. Teresa wrote for the profession of a Carmelite nun, she encourages the young religious to prepare for spiritual combat: "Sleep no longer, sleep no more, for now, there is no earthly peace."
Since man's life on earth is a time of trial, and all who would live devotedly in Christ must undergo persecution, and the devil your foe is on the prowl like a roaring lion looking for prey to devour...
You must use every care to clothe yourselves in God's armour so that you may be ready to withstand the enemy's ambush.