St. Teresa of Avila Novena 2022 — Day 6

Today we read about St. Teresa’s vision of hell. Hell is a theme that appears often in her writings; it underlines the fact that free will is a gift and that we can choose to love God freely for our redemption through Christ.

Quote of the day, 10 September: Père Jacques de Jésus

Quote of the day, 10 September: Père Jacques devoted his Friday evening retreat conference at the Carmel of Pontoise to the Cross and suffering. Paraphrasing St Teresa, he said, “Life without suffering is a waste of time. Every hour not united to God's will is an hour squandered.”

Quote of the day, 29 August: St. Elizabeth of the Trinity

Saint Elizabeth of the Trinity, always a spiritual director to her own mother, offers this word of wisdom in a letter written on this date in 1906: “The Master called the hour of his Passion ‘His hour’... When faced with great suffering or a tiny sacrifice, oh, let’s think right away that ‘this is our hour’...” Elizabeth faced great suffering in that moment of her life; was she encouraging herself, too?

Quote of the day, 16 August: Blessed Maria Sagrario

Blessed Maria Sagrario of St. Aloysius Gonzaga was a Discalced Carmelite martyr of the Spanish Civil war, who was executed on 15 August 1936. In her writings, we find this passage: "Blessed be he who arranges everything for our good! In possessing him, we possess everything."

St. Edith Stein Novena 2022: Day One

The prophets called on God’s people to wait with hope. St. Edith wrote, “to suffer and to be happy although suffering […] this is the life of the Christian until the morning of eternity breaks forth.”

Quote of the day, 21 July: St. Raphael Kalinowski

At the end of his canonical visitations to the Discalced Carmelite nuns in Poland, St. Raphael Kalinowski would offer words of encouragement to each monastery: "Love is strong as death. And just as nothing can resist death, love gives strength to triumph over every challenge. Then you don’t feel pain, and if you do you welcome it. From this fire of God’s love the flame of love of neighbor arises.

Quote of the day, 18 July: Conrad de Meester, OCD

We recall the birth of St. Elizabeth of the Trinity on 18 July 1880: biographer Father Conrad de Meester describes the labor and delivery as "dramatic". Madame Catez was almost 34 years old; Elizabeth was her first baby. Two doctors were constantly at her side during labor and delivery, foreseeing a fatal outcome, since they could no longer detect a fetal pulse...

Quote of the day, 26 May: St. Teresa of Avila

On the vigil of the Ascension in 1578, St Teresa writes to Padre Jerónimo Gracián and tells him about the "woman from Medina" who was sent to reset her broken left arm. "The cure involved a real struggle both for the woman and for me..."

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