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. Hedwig (1174-1243). Born in Bavaria, she married the Duke of Silesia by whom she had seven children (reason enough in itself for sainthood!). Her life was characterised by her devotion and kindness to the sick and the poor, for whom she built hostels (no N.H.S.). On the death of her husband, she retired to […]
St. Margaret Mary Alacoque (1647-1690). Born in Autun, France, she joined the Visitation Order of nuns where she rapidly progressed in the way of perfection. She was granted many revelations in regard to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and was instrumental in bringing about Its veneration.
St. Ignatius of Antioch. One of the very early saint-martyrs of the Church, he was the second bishop of Antioch after St. Peter. He was sentenced to death in 107 A.D. by being thrown to wild beasts during the reign of the Emperor Trajan. On his final journey to Rome, he wrote seven letters to […]