When Pope Paul VI proclaimed St. Teresa of Ávila the first woman Doctor of the Church on September 27, 1970, he selected one of her many titles as the basis for conferring that honor on her: Teresa of Ávila, Teacher of Prayer. The same sentiment was expressed by Pope John Paul II in a letter to the Superior General of the Discalced Carmelite Friars to mark the fourth centenary of the death of Teresa. In this insightful article, Fr. Jordan Aumann, O.P., details the various stages of prayer as explained by St. Teresa through all of her major works—The Life, The Way of Perfection, and The Interior Castle.
Pope Francis opened the Year for Consecrated Life on February 2ND at Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica, marking the start of an entire year dedicated to the many who have chosen the vocation of religious life. This World Day of Consecrated Life was instituted by John Paul II in 1997. February 2ND is also the Feast of the Presentation and coincides with the Candelmas.
A brochure and registration information for the upcoming Lay Carmelite Convocation was mailed to all received and professed Lay Carmelites at the end of January 2015. The packet contains a brochure, registration form, and details about a Leadership In-Service day. All received and professed Lay Carmelites are encouraged to attend what will be an interesting and informative gathering of Lay Carmelites from the two U.S. provinces.