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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Ss. Simon and Jude. Simon is named eleventh in the list of apostles. Nothing is known about him, apart from the fact that he was born in Cana of Galilee and known as “The Zealot” suggesting that he was a bit fiery and committed to the faith. Jude, also known as Thaddeus, was the one […]
All Saints. Today the Church celebrates the feast of all those in Heaven, not only the great canonised, officially recognised, saints, but also our own relatives and friends. It reminds us that the Church is made up of three parts – the Church Triumphant, already enjoying the beatific vision of God in Heaven, the Church […]
All Souls. Yesterday we celebrated the feast of All Saints; today we turn our thoughts to those who have departed from this earth, but for some reason are not yet worthy to enter Heaven – the Church Suffering. It is our duty to pray for these souls, since the Church teaches us that they can […]