Thought for the Day – 12 April – The “Flower of the Andes”

Thought for the Day – 12 April – Friday of the Fifth Week, Year C and the Memorial of Saint Teresa de Jesús “de los Andes” OCD (1900-1920)

One needn’t live a long life to leave a deep imprint.   Teresa of Los Andes is proof of that.

As a young girl growing up in the early 1900’s in Santiago, Chile, Juana Fernandez read an autobiography of a French-born saint—Thérèse, popularly known as the Little Flower. The experience deepened her desire to serve God and clarified the path she would follow.   She became a Carmelite nun, taking the name of Teresa.

The convent offered the simple lifestyle Teresa desired and the joy of living in a community of women completely devoted to God  . She focused her days on prayer and sacrifice. “I am God’s,” she wrote in her diary.    “He created me and is my beginning and my end.”

Toward the end of her short life, Teresa began an apostolate of letter-writing, sharing her thoughts on the spiritual life with many people.   At age 20, she contracted typhus and quickly took her final vows.   She died a short time later, during Holy Week.

Known as the “Flower of the Andes,” Teresa remains popular with the estimated 100,000 pilgrims who visit her shrine in Los Andes each year.   Canonised in 1993 by St Pope John Paul II, she is Chile’s first saint.

The special graces given Saint Teresa reflect the mysterious wisdom of God at work in individuals whether young or old.   It appears, God has His own logic when it comes to who gets what in the realm of grace.   All we can say is, “Praised be the Lord.”

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The Stations of the Cross – 12 April – The Second Station

The Stations of the Cross – 12 April – Thursday of the Fifth Week of Lent, Year C

Meditations on the Stations of the Cross
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Begin with an Act of Contrition, this one by St Alphonsus Liguori (1696-1787).

My Lord Jesus Christ,
You have made this journey
to die for me, with love unutterable
and I have so many times unworthily abandoned You
but now I love You with my whole heart
and because I love You,
I repent sincerely for having ever offended You.
Pardon me, my God
and permit me to accompany You on this journey.
You go to die for love of me,
I wish also, my beloved Redeemer,
to die for love of Thee.
My Jesus, I will live
and die always united to You.

V. Adoramus te, Christe, et benedicimus tibi.
R. Quia per sanctam Crucem tuam redemisti mundum.
V. We adore You, O Christ and we bless You.
R. Because by Your holy cross, You have redeemed the world.

The Second Station
Jesus receives His Cross

A STRONG, and therefore heavy Cross, for it is strong enough to bear Him on it, when He arrives at Calvary, is placed upon His torn shoulders.   He receives it gently and meekly, nay, with gladness of heart, for it is to be the salvation of mankind.

True – but recollect, that heavy Cross is the weight of our sins.   As it fell upon His neck and shoulders, it came down with a shock.   Alas! what a sudden, heavy weight have I laid upon Thee, O Jesus.   And, though in the calm and clear foresight of Your mind—for You see all things—You were fully prepared for it, yet Your feeble frame tottered under it when it dropped down upon You.   Ah! how great a misery is it that I have lifted up my hand against my God.   How could I ever fancy He would forgive me! unless He had Himself told us, that He underwent His bitter passion, in order that He might forgive us.   I acknowledge, O Jesus, in the anguish and agony of my heart, that my sins it was that struck You on the face, that bruised Your sacred arms, that tore Your flesh with iron rods, that nailed You to the Cross and let You slowly die upon it.the second station jesus receives his cros - 12 april 2019 bl john henry newman.jpg

V. Have mercy on us, O Lord.
R. Have mercy on us.

I love You,
Lord Jesus,
my love
above all things,
I repent
with my
whole heart
for having
offended You.
Never permit me
to separate myself
from You again
grant that I
may love always
and then do with me
what You will.
(St Alphonsus Liguori)

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Quote of the Day – 12 April – He leaves His angels

Quote of the Day – 12 April – Friday of the Fifth Week, Year C and the Memorial of Saint Teresa de Jesús “de los Andes” OCD (1900-1920)

“How I would have loved, mother dear, to be by your side to console and weep with you. But our souls met by the tabernacle.   He leaves His angels and millions of people, to come into your soul, to consummate in you the most intimate union, to transform you into God, to nourish in you the life of grace with which you will attain heaven.”  … from the letters of Saint Terese de los Andes

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Lenten Reflection – 12 April

Lenten Reflection – 12 April – Friday of the Fifth Week, Year C

The Readings:
Jeremiah 20:10-13; Psalms 18:2-3A, 3BC-4, 5-6, 7; John 10:31-42

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Odes of Solomon
(Hebrew Christian text from
the beginning of the 2nd century)
No. 28

As the wings of doves over their nestlings…
So also are the wings of the Spirit over my heart.
My heart continually refreshes itself and leaps for joy
Like the babe who leaps for joy in his mother’s womb.

I trusted, consequently I was at rest;
because trustful is he in whom I trusted.
He has greatly blessed me, and my head is with him.
And the dagger shall not divide me from him,
nor the sword .

Because I am ready before destruction comes,
and have been placed in his incorruptible arms.
And immortal life embraced me and kissed me.
And from that (life) is the Spirit which is within me.
And it cannot die because it is life.

[Christ speaks:]
Those who saw me were amazed,
because I was persecuted.
And they thought that I had been swallowed up,
because I appeared to them as one of the lost.
But my defamation became my salvation.

And I became their abomination,
because there was no jealousy in me.
Because I continually did good to every man
I was hated.
And they surrounded me like mad dogs (Ps 22[21]:17)
those who in stupidity attack their masters.
Because their mind is depraved and their sense is perverted.

But I was carrying water in my right hand,
and their bitterness I endured by my sweetness.
And I did not perish, because I was not their brother,
nor was my birth like theirs.
And they sought my death but were unsuccessful
because I was older than their memory.

And in vain did they cast their lots against me.
And those who were after me
Sought in vain to destroy the memorial of him
Who was before them.
Because the mind of the Most High cannot be surpassed
And his heart is superior to all wisdom.
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Daily Meditation:
Set us free.
On this Friday before Good Friday,
it might be most appropriate to make the Stations.
Our desire is becoming more focused and more intense.
After our weeks of reflection, we know that our selfishness has placed us in ruts,
has made us slaves to some very unhappy and sometimes death-dealing patterns.
The celebration of our freedom and healing is close at hand.

Jesus carried our sins in his own body on the cross
so that we could die to sin and live in holiness;
by his wounds we have been healed.
The Communion Antiphon – 1 Peter 2:24

Closing Prayer:
Most forgiving Lord,
again and again You welcome me back into Your loving arms.
Grant me freedom from the heavy burdens of sin
that weigh me down
and keep me so far from You.

May the Lord bless us,
protect us from all evil
and bring us to everlasting life.


One Minute Reflection – 12 April – Kill the messenger

One Minute Reflection – 12 April – Friday of the Fifth Week, Year C, Gospel: John 10:31–42

Again they tried to arrest him but he escaped from their hands…John 10:39

REFLECTION – “As we approach Holy Week, we are confronted with one of the most paradoxical mysteries of our faith – Why do we reject the love of Jesus Christ in our lives? The daily Gospels have been slowly building to a crescendo through growing hatred of Jesus.   In the face of that hatred, Jesus continues to present them with the truth that He is the Son of God.   As He asks people to look to His teachings and works as proof that He is God’s Son, the teachings and works are completely overlooked and one message is clearly emerging – Kill the messenger.   Jesus’s offer of recognising Him in the world, is an offer, that is relevant and available today.   The “good works” He inaugurated are on view, whenever one goes beyond oneself and reaches out in love and compassion.   They are continued, when one speaks an enhancing word or performs a loving action.   These are visible in selfless service and forgiveness,.   They are visible when love is made real.”…Fr Errol Fernandes SJjohn 10 39 again they tried to arrest him - god;s word - jesus offer - 12 april 2019.jpg

PRAYER – Holy Father, our Father, help us to lay down the stones of hate and embrace Your Son who stands before us in need.   Teach us to see His Face in those who cry out to us.   Teach us compassion and love. Listen to the prayers of St Teresa de los Andes, she who in her short life proved the immense power of divine love extended to all.   Mary, your Immaculate Heart is our school.   We make our prayer through Christ our Lord, with the Holy Spirit, one God for all eternity, amen.

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Our Morning Offering – 12 April – Love

Our Morning Offering – 12 April – Friday of the Fifth Week, Year C

By George Herbert (1593 – 1633)

Love bade me welcome
yet my soul drew back,
guilty of dust and sin.
But quick-eyed Love, observing me grow slack
From my first entrance in,
Drew nearer to me, sweetly questioning
If I lacked anything.
“A guest,” I answered, “worthy to be here”
Love said, “You shall be he.”
“I, the unkind, ungrateful?   Ah, my dear,
I cannot look on thee.”
Love took my hand and smiling did reply,
“Who made the eyes but I?”
“Truth, Lord but I have marred them, let my shame
Go where it doth deserve.”
“And know you not,” says Love, “who bore the blame?”
“My dear, then I will serve.”
“You must sit down,” says Love “and taste my meat.”
So I did sit and eat.

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Saint of the Day – 12 April – Saint Teresa de Jesús “de los Andes” OCD (1900-1920)

Saint of the Day – 12 April – Saint Teresa de Jesús “de los Andes” OCD (1900-1920) aged 19 – Virgin, Carmelite Nun, Mystic, apostle of prayer.   Born on 13 July 1900 at Santiago, Chile and died on 12 April 1920 at the Carmelite convent at Los Andes, Chile of typhus. Patronages – Against disease, against illness, Ill people, Young people, Santiago, Los Andes.

The young woman who is today glorified by the Church with the title of Saint, is a prophet of God for the men and women of today  . By the example of her life, TERESA OF JESUS OF LOS ANDES shows us Christ’s Gospel lived down to the last teresa de los andes 4.jpg

She is irrefutable proof that Christ’s call to be Saints is indeed real, it happens in our time and can be answered.   She is presented to us to demonstrate that the total dedication that following Christ involves, is the one and only thing that is worth this effort and that gives us true happiness.   Teresa of Los Andes with the language of her ardent life, confirms for us, that God exists, that God is love and happiness and that He is our fulfilment.

She was born in Santiago de Chile on 13 July 1900.   At the font she was christened Juana Enriqueta Josefina of the Sacred Hearts Fernandez Solar.   Those who knew her closely called her Juanita, the name by which she is widely known today.

She had a normal upbringing surrounded by her family, her parents Miguel Fernandez and Lucia Solar, three brothers and two sisters, her maternal grandfather, uncles, aunts and cousins.   Her family were well-off and were faithful to their Christian faith, living it with faith and constancy.

Juana was educated in the college of the French nuns of the Sacred Heart.   Her brief but intense life unfolded within her family and at college.   When she was fourteen, under God’s inspiration, she decided to consecrate herself to him as a religious in the Discalced Carmelite Nuns.   This desire of hers was realised on 7 May 1919, when she entered the tiny monastery of the Holy Spirit in the township of Los Andes, some 90 kilometers from Santiago.   She was clothed with the Carmelite habit on 14 October the same year and began her novitiate with the name of Teresa of Jesus.   She knew a long time before, that she would die young.   Moreover the Lord revealed this to her.   A month before she was to depart this life, she related this to her confessor.   She accepted all this with happiness, serenity and confidence.  She was certain that her mission to make God known and loved would continue in eternity.

After many interior trials and indescribable physical suffering caused by a violent attack of typhus that cut short her life, she passed from this world to her heavenly Father on the evening of 12 April 1920.   She received the last sacraments with the utmost fervour and on 7 April, because of danger of death, she made her religious profession.   She was three months short of her 20th birthday and had yet 6 months to complete her canonical novitiate and to be legally able to make her religious profession.   She died as a Discalced Carmelite novice.santa_teresa_america_latina.jpg

Externally this is all there is to this young girl from Santiago de Chile.   It is all rather disconcerting and a great question arises in us, “What was accomplished?”   The answer to such a question is equally disconcerting: living, believing, loving.

When the disciples asked Jesus what they must do to carry out God’s work, he replied, “This is carrying out God’s work – you must believe in the one he has sent.” (Jn 6, 28-29).   For this reason, in order to recognise the value of Juanita’s life, it is necessary to examine the substance within, where the Kingdom of God is to be found.

She wakened to the life of grace while still quite young.   She affirms that God drew her at the age of six to begin to spare no effort in directing her capacity to love totally towards Him.   “It was shortly after the 1906 earthquake that Jesus began to claim my heart for himself.” (Diary n. 3, p. 26).

Juanita possessed an enormous capacity to love and to be loved joined with an extraordinary intelligence.   God allowed her to experience His presence.   With this knowledge He purified her and made her His own, through what it entails to take up the cross.   Knowing Him, she loved Him and loving Him, she bound herself totally to Him.

Once this child understood, that love demonstrates itself in deeds rather than words, the result was that she expressed her love through every action of her life.   She examined herself sincerely and wisely and understood that in order to belong to God it was necessary to die to herself, in al,l that did not belong to Him.   Her natural inclinations were completely contrary to the demands of the Gospel.   She was proud, self-centred, stubborn, with all the defects that these things suppose, as is the common lot.   But where she differed from the general run, was to carry out continual warfare on every impulse that did not arise from love.

At the age of ten she became a new person.   What lay immediately behind this was the fact that she was going to make her first Communion. st teresa --first-holy-communion-santa-teresa.jpg  Understanding that nobody less that God was going to dwell within her, she set about acquiring all the virtues that would make her less unworthy of this grace.   In the shortest possible time she managed to transform her character completely.   In making her first Communion she received from God the mystical grace of interior locutions, which from then on supported her throughout her fife.   God took over her natural inclinations, transforming them from that day into friendship and a life of prayer.

Four years later she received an interior revelation that shaped the direction of her life.   Jesus told her that she would be a Carmelite and that holiness must be her goal.

With God’s abundant grace and the generosity of a young girl in love, she gave herself over to prayer, to the acquiring of virtue and the practice of a life in accord with the Gospel.   Such were her efforts that in a few short years she reached a high degree of union with God.

Christ was the one and only ideal she had.   She was in love with Him and ready each moment to crucify herself for Him.   A bridal love pervaded her with the result that she desired to unite herself fully to Him who had captivated her.   As a result, at the age of fifteen she made a vow of virginity for 9 days, continually renewing it from then on.St.-TeresaAndes.gif

The holiness of her life shone out in the everyday occurrences, wherever she found herself – at home, in college, with friends, the people she stayed with on holidays.   To all, with apostolic zeal, she spoke of God and gave assistance.   She was young like her friends but they knew she was different.   They took her as a model, seeking her support and advice.   All the pains that are part of living, Juanita felt keenly and the happiness she enjoyed deeply, all in God.   She was cheerful, happy, sympathetic, attractive, communicative and involved in sport.   During her adolescence she reached perfect psychic and spiritual equilibrium.   These were the fruit of her asceticism and prayer. The serenity of her face was a reflection of the divine guest within.   Her life as a nun, from 7 May 1919, was the last rung on the ladder to holiness.   Only eleven months were necessary to bring to an end the process of making her life totally 19930321_teresa_de_jesus de los andes.jpg

Her community was quick to discover the hand of God in her past life.   The young novice found in the Carmelite way of life the full and efficient channel for spreading the torrent of life that she wanted to give to the Church of Christ.  It was a way of life that, in her own way, she had lived amongst her own and for which she was born.   The Order of the Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel fulfilled the desires of Juanita.   It was proof to her, that God’s mother, whom she had loved from infancy, had drawn her to be part of it.

She was beatified by St Pope John Paul II in Santiago de Chile on 3 April 1987.   Her remains are venerated in the Sanctuary of Auco-Rinconada of Los Andes by the thousands of pilgrims who seek in her and find guidance, light and a direct way to God.

SAINT TERESA OF JESUS OF LOS ANDES is the first Chilean to be declared a Saint.   She is the first Discalced Carmelite Nun to become a Saint outside the boundaries of Europe and the fourth Saint Teresa in Carmel together with Saints Teresa of Avila, of Florence and of Lisieux…    She was Canonised on 21 March 1993, Saint Peter’s Square, Vatican City by St Pope John Paul teresa de los andes 5.jpg

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Memorials of the Saints – 12 April

St Acutina
St Alferius of La Cava
Bl Andrew of Montereale
Bl Angelo Carletti di Chivasso OFM (1411-1495)

Blessed Angelo’s Biography:

St Artemón of Caesarea

St Basil of Parion
St Constantine of Gap
St Damian of Pavia
St David Uribe Velasco
St Erkemboden of Thérouanne
St Florentin of Arles
St Pope Julius I
St Lorenzo of Belem
St Peter of Montepiano
St Sabas the Lector
St Teresa de Jesús “de los Andes” OCD (1900-1920)
St Tetricus of Auxerre
St Victor of Braga
St Vissia of Fermo
St Wigbert
St Zeno of Verona (c 300 – 371)
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