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. Vincent, deacon of the Church in Saragossa, suffered terrible tortures and died a martyr’s death in Valenica during the persecution of Emperor Diocletian. Picture: St. Vincent of Saragossa (Menologion of Basil II, 10th century).
St. Francis de Sales was born at Annecy in Savoy in 1567. After ordination to the priesthood, he worked strenuously for the renewal of faith in his own country. After he was elected Bishop of Geneva he showed himself a true shepherd. Died at Lyons, 1623.
From being one of the great persecutors of The Way he became its greatest proponent. On his way to Jerusalem to arrest some of this new Christian sect, he was thrown from his horse and heard a voice saying, “Saul Saul, why are you persecuting Me?” “Who are You, Lord?” – I am Jesus and […]