TAKE A VIRTUAL TOUR OF THREE CARMELITE MONASTERIES IN SPAIN:
St. Teresa was born on March 28, 1515. The Carmelite Order is preparing to celebrate the centenary of her birth in 2015. Enjoy this virtual tour of three important sites in the life of St. Teresa: 1. The monastery that has been erected on the site of the house of her birth. 2. St. Joseph Monastery, St. Teresa's first foundation in 1562. 3. Carmelite Monastery at Alba de Tormes-Teresa died here in 1582.
From the writings of St. Teresa of Jesus (Avila): There come days in which I recall an infinite number of times what St. Paul says--although assuredly not present in me to the degree it was in him--for it seems to me I neither live, nor speak, nor have any desire but that He who strengthens and governs me might live in me. I go about as though outside myself, and so life is the severest pain for me. And the greatest thing I offer God as principal service to Him is that, since it is so painful for me to live separated from Him, I desire to live, but out of love for Him. I should like to live with great trials and persecutions. Since I am no good for being of any help to anyone, I should like to be good for suffering so that all who are in the world might receive a little more merit, I mean by a better fulfillment of His will. I haven't experienced any promise in prayer that I haven't seen fulfilled, even though the promise may have come many years previously. There are so many things I see and understand about the grandeur of God, and of His providence, that almost any time I begin to think about it my intellect fails me, as when one sees things that are far beyond one's ability to understand; and I remain in recollection. St. Teresa of Jesus,Spiritual Testimonies, No 3, 10-11.
At our next community meeting, we will be studying the letters of St. Teresa of Jesus (Avila). I will be focusing on her teaching on the virtue of obedience. St. Teresa doesn't mince words, even with prioresses who are disobedient. In 1582, St. Teresa sent a scathing letter to Anne of Jesus during the foundation at Granada. This letter has been given the title the "Terrible Letter." I will post that letter later, for now, please visit Spirit Singing in which I discuss the virtue of obedience and the point of our Rule, No. 15 that speaks of our promise of obedience to the local council and the superiors of the order.
Peace be with you!