Monday, October 15, 2012

St. Teresa of Avila: Reformer, Writer, Contemplative

Today the Church celebrates the life and ministry of formidable woman in the 1500s, St. Teresa of Aliva.  Teresa was born in Aliva, Spain and she was one of 10 children.  Perhaps little known is that Teresa had some Jewish ancestry. Her mother died when she was 15.  When Teresa turned 20, she decided to go into the Carmelite order.

Shortly after she went into the convent, Teresa became ill.  During her 3 year illness, Teresa was even paralyzed for a time.

Teresa is known for her writings, for being a contemplative and for reforming the Carmelite order along with St. John of the Cross.

Her writings include The Way of Perfection, a treatise on the Christian journey which was written primarily for her fellow Carmelites; The Book of Foundations, a work on the daily functioning of religious communities, and The Interior Castle, a book about the life of Christ in the heart of the believer.

She died on this day in 1582.

Let us pray:  O God, who by your Holy Spirit moved Teresa of Avila to manifest to your Church the way of perfection: Grant us, we pray, to be nourished by her excellent teaching, and enkindle within us a keen and unquenchable longing for true holiness; through Jesus Christ, the joy of loving hearts, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.


The Cathedral of Faith, Market Street Baptist Church on 2901 Market Street, is celebrating its 39th anniversary on Sunday, 21 October at 3 p.m.  The guest preacher will be Pastor E.R. Johnson of the Avenue L Missionary Baptist Church.  The theme is “Committed to Kingdom Building” Romans 12:1.

Lord, Teach Us to Pray continues with the Bains on Sundays at 11 a.m.  This is a wonderful study!

Please remember everyone on our Prayer List, especially Steve Poirier, Rose Daniels, Pat Florence and Gladys Simon.

Your servant in Christ,

Fr. Chester J. Makowski+
St. Augustine of Hippo Episcopal Church
Galveston, Texas 77550

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