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VIGNETTES ON SAINTS




 

 

ST. TERESA OF AVILA AND THE HOUSE OF ST. JOSEPH

 

How a whole town could go against the foundation of a Carmelite monastery by a saint shows the extent of blindness that can happen to a seemingly Catholic community.

 

So this house was founded in utmost secrecy. God even cooperated by causing Teresa's brother-in-law to be ill while his wife was away. This gave Teresa the good excuse of caring for him while really establishing the new foundation. She made all the arrangements necessary without exciting suspicion. And the illness of her brother-in-law lasted no longer than the time needed to fix everything. When the brother-in-law saw the nuns arriving, he understood the reason for his illness: "It is not necessary that I should be ill any longer." He knew why he was ill.

 

Thus was established the small and poor foundation of St. Joseph, a convent that cost her so much labor and so much reproach, the Carmelite Convent of the Barefoot.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(12-29-03)

 

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