Arise / Vol. XXVII / No. 1 / October 2015
In addition to offering a brief biography of St. Teresa, I also tell the story of my relationship with my friends the Carmelite Sister whom I’ve known since I lived in the Baltimore / Towson area from 1992 – 2006.
I hope you enjoy the story and some of their holiness rubs off on you!
On her feast day, October 15th of this year we will end a yearlong celebration of the 500th anniversary of St. Teresa of Avila's birth. She reformed the Carmelite Order along with her friend St. John of the Cross. And her writings have made her one of the women of influence down who have changed the world. You may know of her sisters:St. Therese of Lisieux (the Little Flower) was a Carmelite nun as was Edith Stein a renowned German philosopher who converted from Judaism and died in a concentration camp during World War II.
Arise / Vol. XXVII / No. 2 / December 2015
As I reflect on the life of Mary from my present level of faith and theological understanding, Mary stands out as a model of discernment. (To discern is to judge well, to seek, for clarity and understand.) Discernment is a method, a process by which we try to figure out whether or not we are moving towards a future which is in union with God's will or plan for us.) I’d like to share my reflections on the story of the Annunciation (1:2-46) that uncovered for me some astonishing insights about Mary’s process of discernment. It has profoundly influenced my life. The story begins with the greeting of the angel: 'Rejoice, 0 highly favored daughter! The Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women." Tradition has it that Mary was a young girl when she discovered her awesome vocation.
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