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Friday, October 15, 2010

Saint Teresa of Avila


 Today is the feast day of St. Teresa of Avila, a great Carmelite saint and one of the doctors of the Church.  Here at the academy we've always had a special place in our hearts for St. Teresa.  Our Assistant Headmaster spent his formative years in the parish of St. Teresa of Avila in Sterling Place, Brooklyn, NY.    My mother received her first kidney transplant on the feast of St. Teresa a number of years ago, and my niece, Emily was born on the feast 15 years ago (happy birthday, Emily).  And, last but not least, as a sufferer of migraines I have frequently prayed for St. Teresa's intercession as the patron saint of those with chronic headaches.

We recently lost one of the great spiritual writers who published a great work on Teresa and John of the Cross, Fr. Thomas Dubay.  His book, Fire Within: Teresa of Avila, John of the Cross and the Gospel of Prayer is a "must-have" for any Catholic who wants to advance in his or her prayer life.  As Father Dubay wrote of St. Teresa:
“She left a large, flourishing order that still today is doing a tremendous amount of good. She also left her writings, which are extremely rich. As you can see, I’m in love with Teresa. She’s really something. She and St. John of the Cross are, in my judgment, the best we have on the whole subject of intimate union with God.”
Saint Teresa (and Father Dubay) pray for us!

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