St. Theresa (1515-1582). Born in Avila, Spain, she joined the Carmelite Order, an “enclosed” Order in which the sisters never leave their convent. The Order had become very lax, and visitors were allowed to come at all times of the day and evening. She set about its reform during which she had to endure great trials, which she overcame by her indomitable spirit. She wrote many works which are renowned for the depth of their doctrine, and which also showed her own spiritual experiences. She declared that for more than fifteen years she could see no point in her prayers, experiencing a spiritual “dryness” all through that period. She was helped in her reform of the Order by St. John of the Cross, a Carmelite friar who carried out similar reforms within the male branch of the Order.
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St. David, Patron of Wales. Born at Cardigan, about 520, he received his early training from St. Illtyd. Attracted many to the various monasteries he founded, all of which were famous for the austerity of their rule of life. Consecrated bishop, and recognised as primate of Wales, he established his see at Menevia where he […]
St. Casimir (1458-1484). Son of the King of Poland. He practised the Christian virtues, especially chastity and love of the poor. Renowned for the strength of his faith and his devotion to Our Blessed Lady, he died of phthisis. Picture: Długosz and Saint Casimir by Florian Cynk (circa 1869)
They both die in the persecution of Septimius Severus in 203 in Carthage. There exists an impressive account of their martyrdom. Picture: Painting showing the martyrdom of Perpetua, Felicitas, Revocatus, Saturninus and Secundulus, from the Menologion of Basil II (c. 1000 AD)