|I came across a nice web article on the Feast of the Transverberation of St. Teresa of Avila. She is quite the gal! So, remember that tomorrow, Friday, August 26, 2011 is a BIG DAY for all Carmelites.
Feast of the Transverberation of St. Teresa of Avila
Saint Teresa died in 1582 after proclaiming that she was “a daughter of the Church“. Her body was buried in a wooden coffin. After nine months it was exhumed and to everyone’s amazement, though her clothes were decaying, her body was incorrupt. While the Carmelite nuns reclothed her a delightful perfume spread throughout the monastery. Later, her heart was removed to be enclosed in a crystal vessel and placed in a jeweled silver reliquary. When this was being done they beheld a glorious and wonderful sight: a wound from the angel’s dart was visible! It can still be seen today at the Carmelite Monastery of Alba de Tormes in Spain. Her heart has kept its color and since the nineteenth century three sharp thorns are visible at the base of the heart.
In the Liturgy for today’s feast, the hymn for Evening Prayer is as follows:
Mild messenger of heaven’s high King,
A sweeter pain, a death more dear
Victim of God’s unbounded Love,
Jesu, celestial choirs adore
For further reading I recommend The Life of St Teresa by Herself, The Way of Perfection by St. Teresa of Avila, The Interior Castle by St. Teresa of Avila, and The Collected Letters of St. Teresa of Avila. All of these can be purchased at the Institute for Carmelite Studies… (just google it.)
Jesus, You want your Spirit of Love to blaze like fire throughout the world; may we, like Saint Teresa, be instrumental in keeping that flame of love alight.
You sanctify Your friends and reveal to them the mysteries of Your heart; unite our hearts to yours in a friendship so close and intimate that we may experience the secrets of Your Love, proclaim it to others, and win them to you.
You blessed the pure of heart and promised that they would see You; purify our sight so that we may see you in all things, and through all things be close to You.
You oppose the proud and give wisdom to the simple; make us humble of heart, so that we may receive Your wisdom for the sake of the Church. ~ Intercessions from the Carmelite Proper of the Liturgy of the Hours
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