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Another Teresa

One of the most fascinating aspects of our faith is the veneration of so many persons who lived 'hidden' lives and died young. We are currently celebrating the archetypal example in Therese of Lisieux (1873-1897) - and we should not forget in this connection her lesser-known near contemporary Elizabeth of the Trinity (1880-1906). Today we celebrate St Teresa of Jesus of Los Andes (1900-1920), another Discalced saint who, in worldly terms, achieved nothing - did not lead armies like St Joan of Arc (1412-1431), nor did she write great masterpieces of world literature like the English poet John Keats (1795-1821). The 'unknown' lives of so many saints have simply reflected a holiness and love for Jesus so outstanding that it convinced those who knew them of their exemplary nature. They teach us to pour our energies not into 'achievements' but into living for Him and radiating His love.

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