TERESA was the daughter of noble parents in Spain. When she was only 7 years old, she and her little brother liked to read stories from the lives of the saints. One of their favorite games was playing "hermit" in their father's garden.Prayer
When Teresa was still quite young, she became crippled by disease and was unable to walk. She prayed to St. Joseph, who cured her.
Teresa lost her mother when she was twelve. She begged the Mother of God to be her mother. Five years after her mother's death, she joined the Carmelite Order. She built many new convents.
By a life of constant prayer, Teresa brought many souls to Jesus. Her many writings show her great love of God.
Teresa wrote these beautiful words: "Let nothing trouble you, nothing make you afraid. All things pass away. God never changes. Patience obtains everything. God alone is enough."
On October 4, 1582, Jesus appeared to Teresa with many saint. She begged Him to take her to Himself. After her prayer, her soul was taken to heaven.
O God, You raised up St. Teresa by Your Spirit so that she could manifest to the Church the way to perfection. Nourish us with the food of her heavenly teaching, and fire us with a desire for holiness.
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