St. Teresa’s testimony of her personal growth in love and compassion reminds us that all our striving for perfection comes down to this: loving others with God’s love. Thanks for joining our novena!
St. Mary of Jesus Crucified never forgot her intimate relationship with the Blessed Virgin; in this prayer, she reminds Our Lady of their special bond.
Today St. Edith Stein teaches us that compassionate love and mercy flow "from the divine heart." The prophet Isaiah reminds us that "the Lord waits to be gracious;" and "all those who wait for him" are blessed.
Drawing a life lesson from the parable of the Good Samaritan, Bishop Silvio José Báez says that "it doesn't take much" to identify with others and to become personally engaged. Remember, "The Good Samaritan had only a little wine and olive oil."
St. Mary of Jesus Crucified, whose life had been saved through a miraculous intervention of the Blessed Virgin after her throat was slit and she was left for dead, always considered herself to be an orphaned child who was adopted by the Virgin Mary.
In today's Gospel, Jesus says, "as I have loved you, so you also should love one another." As a professor at Nijmegen, Titus was known to say that we must "look upon everyone with God’s eyes so that we love them as He loves them."
After the healing of St. Thérèse on 13 May, her sister Pauline wrote to Thérèse to offer words of gratitude, compassion, and encouragement. "What a joy to see you well! How good the Blessed Virgin really is!"
Bishop Silvio José Báez, o.c.d. explores the theological depths of Christ's death on the cross: "The cross of Jesus is the cathedra of infinite love, limitless forgiveness, and mercy that can change the world."
On 16 February 1578 Saint Teresa wrote to Father Gracián about her arm, which she broke in a fall on Christmas Eve: "It is still swollen, as is also my hand, and covered with plaster..."
Who would not cry in your arms without instantly receiving your immaculate kiss of love and comfort?
He may allow us to suffer a great deal, but never without His help and His grace