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Feast of Saint Teresa of Jesus (of the Andes)

(1900 – 1920)

St. Teresa of Jesus, also known as St. Teresa of the Andes, was born in Chile to an upper class family.  She was a pious child with a profound spirituality and a deep devotion to Jesus and Mary.  Yet she was also stubborn and self-centered, defects which she diligently set herself to overcome in preparation for her First Holy Communion at the age of 10.  Inspired by reading the autobiography of St. Therese of Lisieux, and confirmed by prayer, at the age of 14 she decided to become a Carmelite nun.  Five years later her desire was realized.

In May of 1919, at the age of 19, she entered the Carmelite monastery of Los Andes where she lived a life of prayer and sacrifice.  She also took to writing letters through which she shared her remarkable spiritual life with the outside world.  It was revealed to her in prayer that she would die young, which she accepted with happiness and confidence.  A few months after her entry she contracted typhoid fever, from which she died in April of 1920 during Holy Week.  Before her death she was permitted to profess her vows.

She was canonized by Pope St. John Paul II in 1993, the first Chilean and the first Discalced Carmelite nun outside of Europe to be declared a saint.

Her feast day is April 12.

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Perfection of life consists in drawing close to God.”

Saint Teresa of the Andes

Look for Christ our Lord in everyone and you will then have respect and reverence for all.”

Saint Teresa of the Andes

Santa Teresa de los Andes, pray for us.

Be not afraid!  And may the peace of Christ be with you and your loved ones today and always.  Holy Family, pray for us.  Amen.

The Holy Family, Murillo
The Heavenly and Earthly Trinities (c. 1675-82) by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (1617 – 1682)

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