This week on the program, popular preacher Fr. Martin Scott speaks about the reality of wounds in our lives due to bad relationships. He shares his own story of abuse, and how he chose Christ for healing.
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Born in Avila, Spain, on March 28, 1515, St. Teresa was the daughter of a Toledo merchant and his second wife, who died when Teresa was 15, one of ten children. Shortly after this event, Teresa was entrusted to the care of the Augustinian nuns. After reading the letters of St. Jerome, Teresa decided to enter a religious life. In 1535, she joined the Carmelite Order. She spent a number of relatively average years in the convent, punctuated by a severe illness that left her legs paralyzed for three years, but then experienced a vision of “the sorely wounded Christ” that changed her life forever.
From this point forward, Teresa moved into a period of increasingly ecstatic experiences in which she came to focus more and more sharply on Christ’s passion. With these visions as her encouragement, she set herself to the reformation of the Carmelite order, beginning with her attempt to master herself and her adherence to the rule. Gathering a group of supporters, Teresa endeavored to create a more primitive type of Carmelite. From 1560 until her death, Teresa struggled to establish and broaden the movement of Discalced (or “shoeless”) Carmelites. During the mid-1560s, she wrote the Way of Perfection and the Meditations on the Canticle. In 1567, she met St. John of the Cross, who she enlisted to extend her reform into the male side of the Carmelite Order. Teresa died in 1582.
St. Teresa left as her legacy many new convents, which she continued founding up to the year of her death. She also left a significant legacy of writings, which represent important benchmarks in the history of Christian mysticism. These works include the Way of Perfection and the Interior Castle. She also left an autobiography, the Life of Teresa of Avila.
Saint Teresa of Avila is famous for having written this prayer: “Let nothing trouble you, let nothing make you afraid. All things pass away. God never changes. Patience obtains everything. God alone is enough.” St. Teresa of Avila, pray for us!
Biography adapted from Christian Classics.
Pearl of the Week: Miracle Moments: Powerful Prayers of Healing and Hope, by Linda Schubert. Available from Linda Schubert online or by calling (408) 734-8663, or contact your local Catholic bookstore. Less than $10.
This book is an invitation to prayer that will help us to see, know and experience the heart of God as He moves through His people. These are simple prayers to reveal a profound love. Includes prayers for emotional healing, to heal damaged relationships, to redeem failure, to strengthen marriage, for physical healing, and more.
A PRAYER FOR HEALING (taken from Healing Powers of Prayer by Robert Abel) www.HealingPowerMinistries.com
Precious Lord Jesus, I thank you for your loving care. You came into the world to set me free from the consequences of sin. You embrace the violent death of the cross to pay the penalty on my behalf. You suffered the scourge at the pillar, taking the sickness of humanity upon your own flesh, so that I could be healed.
I come before you now to place all my sins upon your cross and ask for your precious blood to wash me clean. I place the penalty for my sinfulness, all my sickness, diseases and infirmities upon your cross, and for the sake of your sorrowful Passion, I ask to be set free. I accept your sacrifice and receive your gift of reconciliation. I confess your Lordship over every aspect of my life, heart, mind, body, soul and spirit. Amen.