Saint Teresa’s story of her paralysis in August 1539 and her “attitude of gratitude” to God for the healing she received reminds us of the Samaritan leper who returned to Jesus, glorifying God for his own healing.
St. Teresa is concerned about the health of her nuns, particularly the prioresses in Seville and Malagón. She writes to the prioress in Seville, "God is life, and he can give it. Always keep praying for this..."
On Holy Thursday, 1 April 1920, St Teresa of the Andes began to experience the first signs of her terminal illness, typhus. One year earlier she wrote to a friend, "Religious life, my little sister, is nothing but a life of sacrifice. The soul has given itself to God and must give itself entirely, for love leaves nothing for itself; it consumes everything so that from these ashes, one single person may rise: Christ."
Blesed Titus’ chief preoccupation in Amersfoort Camp was the needs of others. He had been in the camp barely two weeks when dysentery struck. Hundreds around him died, but Titus recovered enough to be released from the infirmary on March 30, 1942, the Monday of Holy Week that year. During his convalescence he visited those who were worse off than he was.
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..."
Saint Zélie Martin learns that her breast cancer has reached such an advanced stage that it is inoperable. She writes to her husband, "I'll go to Lourdes on the first pilgrimage, and I hope the Blessed Mother will cure me, if it's necessary. In the meantime let's stop worrying."
Pauline Martin explains that Thérèse "could have legitimately taken the Habit... before the end of October, but she in fact didn’t take the Habit until 10th January 1889."
On the evening of 8 April , Palm Sunday, St. Elizabeth of the Trinity received extreme unction.
From 7th April to 10th May, the day on which the Blessed Virgin healed her, Therese remained in a sorry state