Feast of All Carmelite Saints ~ Novena Day 4
“I am resolved to give complete obedience in everything without exception,
not only to my superiors, but also to my equals and inferiors, so as to learn
from you, my God, who made yourself obedient in far more difficult
circumstances than those in which I find myself.”
St. Teresa Margaret Redi
Born into a noble Italian family in 1747, St. Teresa Margaret from an early age, desired nothing more than to live a humble, hidden life completely given over to growing in virtue. From the age of five, she felt called to a life of prayer and would spend much time alone in quiet contemplation, pursuing holiness while carefully avoiding drawing attention to herself – to appear ordinary to all around her. Although drawn to the religious life, Teresa Margaret was not quite sure of her vocation. It would be none other than St. Teresa of Ávila herself who would dispel Teresa Margaret’s doubts inviting her to become one of her spiritual daughters in Carmel with these words: “I am Teresa of Jesus, and I want you among my daughters.” Teresa Margaret entered the Florence Carmel in September 1764 at the age of 17.
Teresa Margaret served her community as infirmarian and always presented a serene exterior no matter how taxing her internal or external trials might have been. She was determined to prove her love for God in all her deeds, to conform her will to God’s in all things, to be – in her words – “motivated by love alone.” For those wishing to grow in virtue, it is well worth getting to know St. Teresa Margaret and following her quiet example.
“Father, you enabled St. Teresa Margaret Redi to draw untold resources of humility and charity from the fountain-head, our Savior. Through her prayers may we never be separated from the love of Christ. Grant this through our Lord.” (Carmelite Proper of Saints)