Saint Teresa of Jesus, Doctor of the Church (1515-1582)
Readings of the DayRB: Ch 12 The Celebration of Solemn LaudsMass: Ga 4:22-24, 26-27, 31:5:1; Resp Ps 113; Lk 11:29-32
From the rising of the sun to its setting is the name of the Lord to be praisedContemplative prayer in my opinion is nothing else than a close sharing between friends; it means taking time frequently to be alone with him who we know loves us.
(St Teresa of Jesus, The Book of Her Life, 8,5)St Teresa of Jesus is a true teacher of Christian life for the faithful of every time. In our society, which all too often lacks spiritual values, St Teresa teaches us to be unflagging witnesses of God, of his presence and of his action. She teaches us truly to feel this thirst for God that exists in the depths of our hearts, this desire to see God, to seek God, to be in conversation with him and to be his friends.
(Pope Benedict XVI, General Audience, February 2, 2011)O God, who through your Spirit raised up Saint Teresa of Jesusto show the Church the way to perfection,grant that we may always be nourishedby the food of her heavenly teachingand fired with longing for true holiness.Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,who lives and reigns with you in the unityof the Holy Spirit,one God, for ever and ever.
(Collect, Mass)ST TERESA OF JESUS,PRAY FOR US.