"I am Black, But Lovely"
(Song of Songs 1.5)
When still young, very young, she ran away
An escapade with her older brother.
In the early morning she left home
to the land of the Moors.
"There we shall beg for food for
love of God
and hopefully they will behead us."
One simple way to go straight to heaven
die as a martyr!!
But her ambitious dream evaporated
when her uncle caught up with them
them back home!
Her first adventure ended up in a spanking
and a laugh!
But the dream remained.
When she grew up
she refused to adapt herself to mediocrity.
She kept aiming high.
"God loves bold people,"
She knew she was weak.
So she decided to rely not on herself
She let God do great things in her
God did make her great.
He made a saint out of her.
The Spanish people call her the Saint.
Her name was TERESA AHUMADA DE CEPEDA,
or as we know her today, Saint Teresa
In our Carmelite circles, we call her
She had a daring spirit..
"I am amazed by how much can be
on this path
by being bold and striving for great
Even if a soul is not quite strong
she can still lift off and take flight.
She can soar to great heights.
But like a fledgling bird, she may
out and need to perch for a while."
"If you work for God,
there is no need to be afraid of being
because He is strong!"
God made her what she became - a saint.
With hardly any external support,
she managed to establish
a number of monasteries of cloistered
as living centers of real dynamic prayer.
"Everyone knows you are nuns and
your duty is to pray!"
she would tell them.
She even managed to convince some males
to walk in her footsteps
and start living a simpler Carmelite
who recognize "the friendship
He gives to those who walk in his ways."
A unknown anecdote in her life…
When Mother Teresa once entered the
of the monastery,
she was dumbfounded to see one of the
Sister Catherine of Christ balancing
way in the kitchen
with a number of pots on her head!
Mother Teresa could not help laughing
"Sister, you will definitely go
And the sister quickly replied:
"What were you saying, Mother?!
Is there any other way to go to heaven?!"
This is the spirit of Saint Teresa.
It can be your spirit too!
"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you;
before you came to birth I consecrated
I appointed you as prophet to the nations.
I then said:
'Ah, Lord Yahweh, you see, I do not
how to speak, I am only a child.'
But Yahweh replied, 'Do not say, "I
am only a child."
For you must go to all to whom I send
And say whatever I command you.
Do not be afraid of confronting them,
For I am with you to rescue you.'
Then Yahweh stretched out his hand and touched
(Jeremiah 1, 5-9)
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