Feast of All Carmelite Saints ~ Novena Day 2 – November 7

“Who can make me happier than God? In Him, I find everything.

God is infinite joy!”

St. Teresa of the Andes

Although she was a Carmelite nun living in Chile in the early 20th century, St. Teresa of the Andes serves as a wonderful example for lay people, for the very reason that for the better part of her life, she lived in the secular world. She was sensitive by nature, possessing great intensity of feeling, responding to joy, suffering or love, with great emotional depth.   In light of today’s materialistic world, Teresa teaches us that true, lasting joy and happiness are found in Jesus alone. Teresa’s joy was natural, not feigned. This innate joy was the “fruit of her great love for God, of her total gift of herself to Christ, of the generosity with which she accomplished the will of God and worked hard with the Lord’s grace to purify her heart… allowing God’s joy to overflow in her heart.”1 St. Teresa’s message and example remain relevant today; they serve as beacons of what is truly important throughout out earthly journey.

“God of mercy, joy of saints, you set the young heart of Saint Teresa ablaze with the fire of virginal love for Christ and for His Church; and even in suffering made her a cheerful witness to charity. Through her intercession, fill us with the delights of your Spirit, so that we may proclaim by word and deed the joyful message of your love to the world. We ask this through our Lord.” (Carmelite Proper of Saints)

1 http://www.kilmacudcarmel.ie/teresaandes.html