15 Oct – Memorial for St. Teresa of Jesus, virgin, doctor of the Church
St. Teresa of Jesus (1515-1582), also known as St. Teresa of Avila, was a Spanish noble, the daughter of Don Alonso Sanchez de Cepeda and Dona Beatriz. She great up reading the lives of the saints, and playing at “hermit” in the garden. Crippled by disease in her youth, which led to her being well educated at home, she was cured after prayer to St. Joseph. Her mother died when Teresa was 12, and she prayed to Our Lady to be her replacement. Her father opposed her entry to religious life, so she left home without telling anyone, and entered a Carmelite house at 17. Seeing her conviction to her call, her father and family consented.
Soon after taking her vows, Teresa became gravely ill, and her condition was aggravated by the inadequate medical help she received; she never fully recovered her health. She began receiving visions and was examined by Dominicans and Jesuits, including St. Francis Borgia, who pronounced the visions to be holy and true.
She considered her original house too lax in its rule, so she founded a reformed convent of St. John of Avila. She founded several houses, often against fierce opposition from local authorities. She was a mystical writer, and was proclaimed a Doctor of the Church on Sep 27, 1970 by Pope Paul VI.
– Patron Saint Index
From Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus who has been called to be an apostle, and specially chosen to preach the Good News that God promised long ago though his prophet in the scriptures.
This news is about the Son of God who, according to the human nature he took, was a descendant of David: it is about Jesus Christ our Lord who, in the order of the spirit, the spirit of holiness that was in him, was proclaimed Son of God in all his power through is resurrection from the dead. Through him we received grace and our apostolic mission to preach the obedience of faith to all pagan nations in honour of his name. You are one of these nations, and by his call belong to Jesus Christ. To you all, then, who are God’s beloved in Rome, called to be saints, may God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ send you grace and peace.
The crowds got even bigger and Jesus addressed them,”This is a wicked generation; it is asking for a sign. The only sign it will be given is the sign of Jonah. For just as Jonah became a sign to the Ninevites, so will the Son of Man be to this generation. On Judgement day the Queen of the South will rise up with the men of this generation and condemn them, because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and there is something greater than Solomon here. On Judgement day the men of Nineveh will stand up with this generation and condemn it, because when Jonah preached they repented; and there is something greater than Jonah here.”
How ironic that the crowds asked Jesus for a sign when they could not see that Jesus himself was the sign! Jesus is the sign that points us all towards the Father, and when we become Christians we also become signs. We become signs that point others towards Jesus.
This is one of the main callings that we, as Christians, have all received by virtue of our baptism. We are all supposed to be signs that point others towards Christ.
Has anyone ever stopped you on the road to ask you for directions? Or have you ever stopped anyone on the road to ask for directions? I do it a lot when I can’t find a place that I’m looking for, and I get frustrated with people who don’t know where I am going, but point me to a place that is far away from where I am going, because I do not find this out until I get to that place.
As Christians, we are supposed to point others towards Christ, but when our behaviour becomes one that points other people away from Christ, then we are not only doing a bad job as a Christian, we are also inconveniencing others by leading them away from Christ.
Let us pray today that we may be signs of Christ that point in the right direction, that all that we do is a true reflection of Christ.
Give Thanks to the Lord for: Signs that point the right way.
Tue, Oct 16 – Romans 1:16-25; Luke 11:37-41; Memorial for St. Hedwig, religious
Wed, Oct 17 – Romans 2:1-11; Luke 11:42-46; Memorial for St. Ignatius of Antioch, bishop, martyr
Thu, Oct 18 – 2 Timothy 4:10-17b; Luke 10:1-9; Feast of St. Luke, evangelist
Fri, Oct 19 – Romans 4:1-8; Luke 12:1-7; Memorial for St. Paul of the Cross, priest
Sat, Oct 20 – Romans 4:1-8; Luke 12:1-7
Sun, Oct 21 – Exodus 17:8-13; 2 Timothy 3:14 – 4:2; Luke 18:1-8; Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time
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Disclaimer: The reflections expressed in this e-mail are the writer’s own. They may not necessarily reflect the teachings of the Catholic Church. Nonetheless we should all be able to learn something from it.