October 2001, Volume 7, Issue 3   
Stem Cell Research and the Sacredness of Life
Rev. Mark Connolly
Thought for the Month
Our Mother Who Art in Heaven
Rev. Raymond K. Petrucci
Saint of the Month
A Healing Prayer
Reverend Wintley Phipps
Teresa of AvilaTeresa of Avila
October 15

About the age of twenty, Teresa entered a Carmelite convent at Avila in Castile where she began to experience visions and ecstasies. They included a remarkable experience as if a spear of divine love were piercing her heart.

In 1568 she founded her own reformed Carmelite monastery at Durelo. She founded more with the help of her close friend Saint John of the Cross. In the end seventeen new convents were set up, all of them disciplined, poor and enclosed communities where the priority of the sisters was prayer.

QuoteSaint Teresa wrote a treatise, The Way of Perfection, for her nuns. She could be warm and affectionate. 'For the love of God get well,' she wrote to a sick prioress, 'eat enough and do not be alone or think too much.' She was humorous. (Being a small personal, she described herself as 'half a friar'.) She once wrote to an ally that, 'God treats his friends terribly, though, he does them no wrong in this, since he treated his Son in the same way.' Although her discipline was stern, she loved cheerfulness, once crying, 'God deliver me from sullen saints!' She traveled widely, striving against much opposition to reform the whole Carmelite order. She wrote an autobiography, countless letters and a second spiritual masterpiece, The Interior Castle.

From A Calendar of Saints,
The Lives of the Principal Saints of the Christian Year

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