October 15, August 27 – Saint Saint Teresa of Avila: Patron Saint of Spain

Saint Saint Teresa of Avila, Patron Saint of Spain (Feast Dates: October 15, August 27 [Transverberation of her Heart])

Extract from St. Teresa of Avila:The gift of God to Teresa in and through which she became holy and left her mark on the Church and the world is threefold: She was a woman; she was a contemplative; she was an active reformer. As a woman, Teresa stood on her own two feet, even in the man’s world of her time. She was “her own woman,” entering the Carmelites despite strong opposition from her father. She is a person wrapped not so much in silence as in mystery. Beautiful, talented, outgoing, adaptable, affectionate, courageous, enthusiastic, she was totally human. Like Jesus, she was a mystery of paradoxes: wise, yet practical; intelligent, yet much in tune with her experience; a mystic, yet an energetic reformer. A holy woman, a womanly woman. Teresa was a woman “for God,” a woman of prayer, discipline and compassion. Her heart belonged to God. Her ongoing conversion was an arduous lifelong struggle, involving ongoing purification and suffering. She was misunderstood, misjudged, opposed in her efforts at reform. Yet she struggled on, courageous and faithful; she struggled with her own mediocrity, her illness, her opposition. And in the midst of all this she clung to God in life and in prayer. Her writings on prayer and contemplation are drawn from her experience: powerful, practical and graceful. A woman of prayer; a woman for God.” See PICTURE of Saint Teresa of AvilaSee also: Teresa of Ávila (Multilingual), Teresa of Avila (EN), St. Teresa of Avila (EN), Santa Teresa de Jesús (SP), Santa Teresa di Gesù (d’Avila) Vergine e Dottore della Chiesa (IT) Ste Thérèse d’Avila, vierge et Docteur de l’Église (1515-1582 (FR), Swieta Teresa z Avila (PO). VIDEOS : Saint Teresa of Avila Autobiography, St. Teresa of Avila, Saint Teresa of Avila Oct 15, SAINTS SPEAK: St. Teresa of Avila (Holy Repentance), santa Teresa de Jesus y La Eucaristía, Santa Teresa d’Avila- prima parte, Ste Thérèse d’Avila et Jésus.Saint Teresa of Avila Quotes, PRAYER to Saint Teresa of Avila.

 We, at the CTF/SOS DRS have prayed for the intercession of St. Teresa of Avila on behalf of those affected by the following catastrophes:

Unemployment and Poverty in Spain (Spring, 2011) (Europe) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: May 9 – May 22, 2011.

That the Lord in His Divine Mercy – through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary – may build up His Kingdom,make these mysteries a reality in our lives, strengthen us in our common mission, and come to the aid of those for whom we pray.

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