Saturday, October 15, 2011
St. Teresa of Jesus
She had a passion for fancy clothes and jewelry and was known for being an excellent dancer. One of her favorite hobbies was reading romance novels and she made sure she constantly had a new one.
God moved in Teresa’s life in a very unique way. She decided that she wasn’t content with the life she was living. She knew her happiness was elsewhere and chose to commit her life at a Carmelite convent and make her vows. She disciplined herself to spend time in quiet prayer developing a relationship with the lover of her soul.
A life of poverty and prayer is what was in order and she remained faithful. Teresa reformed the Carmelite Order in these areas even though a war of insults and hatred was around her.
St. Teresa of Avila was a mystic as well. That means she was blessed with visions of Jesus and experienced things like her heart being pierced for love of God. She is also a Doctor of the Church because of her profound writings on prayer, meditation, and contemplation.
“Christ has no body now on earth but yours; yours are the only hands with which He can do His work. Yours are the only feet with which He can go about the world; yours are the only eyes through which His compassion can shine forth upon a troubled world. Christ has no body on earth but yours.”