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In honor and praise of the Carmelites:
October 15: Saint Teresa of Avila.

"Christ has no body now on earth but yours, no feet but yours;
Yours are the eyes through which Christ's compassion is to look out to the world;
Yours are the feet through which he is to go about doing good;
Yours are the hands through which he is to bless us now." (Teresa of Avila)

"Saint Teresa of Avila, pray for us!"

"Saint Teresa, pray for us and reform us, today, poor feeble, lazy and easily distracted souls that we are. Teach us how to pray and grow in the love of our Lord and, as we grow stronger in the interior life, help us shed the exterior layers of worldly attachments, aiming for a more simple and frugal life..."
Teresa felt that the best evidence that her delights came from God was that the experiences gave her peace, inspiration, and encouragement.
"If these effects are not present I would greatly doubt that the raptures come from God; on the contrary I would fear lest they be caused by rabies."

"Sainte Thérèse de Lisieux, priez pour nous!"

and help us persevere in your "little way" and practice daily exercises of patience, compassion and love "from the bosom of the Church" as you did.
"My little way is to be always happy, always smiling, as when I fall I am victorious. Real happiness on earth is to apply ourselves to finding the delights which Jesus gives us".

"Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, pray for us!"

"Share with us your gift of discernment and profound and total trust in the Lord".
An intellectual, a doctor of philosophy, a Jewish convert, Edith Stein began her own journey to God after reading the autobiography of Teresa of Avila.
"Just take everything exactly as it is, put it in God's hands and leave it with Him. Then you will be able to rest in Him -- really rest -- and start the next day as a new life."

"Ô 16 Blessed Martyrs of Compiegne, pray for us!"

On July 17 1794, in France, sixteen Carmelite nuns, who had offered their lives for the end of the Terror, walked up the steps of the scaffold, one by one, singing the Salve Regina, the Te Deum and the Veni Creator.
Ten days later, Robespierre fell and the bloody revolution was over.
"O Blessed Martyred Sisters of Compiegne, pray for us
and help us grow in courage and fortitude!"

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