Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
October 15, A.D. 2005
Romans 4:13, 13-18
Psalm 105:6-9, 42-43
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
Today is the feast of a woman who, in worldly terms, could have been a Helen
of Troy or a Cleopatra--or a Queen Elizabeth I. She possessed talent,
charm, and the strongest of stubborn wills. Her temperament abhorred
whatever was trivial and shallow. Had it not been for her strong
character, she might so easily have succumbed to an easy religiosity in the
lax atmosphere of her convent that merely "dabbled" in the sacred. Born to
be a leader, she led a spiritual revolution in the Carmelite order against
such an affront to true spiritual values. As a result, she is a splendid
example of the bold discipleship described in today's Gospel. Teresa was a
woman of the greatest courage, enduring a an opposition from her
fellow-religious that can only be described as persecution. Calumniated,
mistreated, and subjected to the cruelest of punishments by the religious
authorities of Rome and the Carmelite superiors, she emerged from it all as
a true saint.
What is the lesson for ourselves? The lesson is one of total reliance on
God's grace. In God alone is our salvation, and in Him alone can we trust.
Without the searing experiences she underwent, I doubt she would ever have
written the great spiritual masterpieces which still guide thousands of
devout souls who seek perfection. While, in all probability, we will never
write great spiritual treatises, we can imitate her humility and total
abandonment to the loving purifications of our God. No one ever succeeded
in following Christ without also accepting His Cross. When we accept that
fact, we will know joy even as God leads us through fire.
- Msgr. Paul Whitmore
Lives of the saints:
Saturday of the Twenty-eighth Week in Ordinary time
St. Teresa of Jesus (Avila), virgin, doctor of the Church
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