Greetings on this the Memorial of Saint Teresa of Jesus, Virgin and Doctor of the Church
Readings: EPH 1:15-23; PS 8:2-3AB, 4-5, 6-7; LK 12:8-12
Notes: What is a Doctor of the Church?
(Wiki) The requisite conditions are enumerated as three: eminens doctrina, insignis vitae sanctitas, Ecclesiae declaratio (i.e. eminent learning, a high degree of sanctity, and proclamation by the church).
Helen Reddy – with a holy consideration: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9LptGhwC9fU
The gift of God to Teresa in and through which she became holy and left her mark on the Church and the world is threefold: She was a woman; she was a contemplative; she was an active reformer.
Ours is a time of turmoil, a time of reform, and a time of liberation. Modern women have in Teresa a challenging example. Promoters of renewal, promoters of prayer, all have in Teresa a woman to reckon with, one whom they can admire and imitate.
May the eyes of your hearts be enlightened.
You have given your Son rule over the works of your hands.
You have made him little less than the angels, and crowned him with glory and honor. You have given him rule over the works of your hands, putting all things under his feet.
The Spirit of truth will testify to me, says the Lord, and you also will testify.
For the Holy Spirit will teach you at that moment what you should say.
May holiness be your state of being.
May kindness be your way of being.
Peace be with you,