Memorial of Saint Teresa of Jesus, Virgin and Doctor of the Church

Teresa of Ávila, born Teresa Sánchez de Cepeda y Ahumada, also called Saint Teresa of Jesus (28 March 1515 – 4 or 15 October 1582)[a], was a Spanish noblewoman who felt called to convent life in the Catholic Church. A Carmelite nun, prominent Spanish mysticreligious reformer, author, theologian of the contemplative life and of mental prayer, she earned the rare distinction of being declared a Doctor of the Church, but not until over four centuries after her death.[b] Active during the Catholic Reformation, she reformed the Carmelite Orders of both women and men.[4] The movement she initiated was later joined by the younger Spanish Carmelite friar and mystic John of the Cross. It led eventually to the establishment of the Discalced Carmelites. A formal papal decree adopting the split from the old order was issued in 1580.[5]

If Christ Jesus dwells in a man as his friend and noble leader, that man can endure all things, for Christ helps and strengthens us and never abandons us.

St Teresa of Avila

CHAPTER ONE

DARK CLOUDS OVER A CLOSED WORLD

SHATTERED DREAMS

10. For decades, it seemed that the world had learned a lesson from its many wars and disasters, and was slowly moving towards various forms of integration. For example, there was the dream of a united Europe, capable of acknowledging its shared roots and rejoicing in its rich diversity. We think of “the firm conviction of the founders of the European Union, who envisioned a future based on the capacity to work together in bridging divisions and in fostering peace and fellowship between all the peoples of this continent”.[7] There was also a growing desire for integration in Latin America, and several steps were taken in this direction. In some countries and regions, attempts at reconciliation and rapprochement proved fruitful, while others showed great promise.

We see the horrific effects of this in our country.

Bishop Patrick Zurek, A Reflection on Christian Life

Supreme Court order allows census count to end

“Respondents will suffer substantial injury if the (Census) Bureau is permitted to sacrifice accuracy for expediency.”

Justice Sonia Sotomayor

The initial extension of the census count from late September was in response to delays cause by the pandemic, but the Trump administration had argued that the count needed to end right away to meet a year-end deadline used to determine the number of states’ congressional seats.

maga-catholics acting in fear only want citizens to count.

socialist-catholics fear that the constitution’s, requirement of an “actual enumeration” of the population every 10 years will not occur this year.

as a Catholic, acting in a Loving Fear of GOD, i know that not counting all, especially the least, as my brother and sister will result in my not being counted as a citizen of the Kingdom of Heaven.

Today’s Scriptures

…to sum up all things in Christ, in heaven and on earth.

EPH 1:10

R. (2a) The Lord has made known his salvation.

All the ends of the earth have seen

the salvation by our God.

PS 98:4

“Yes, I tell you, this generation will be charged with their blood!”

LK 11:51

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