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St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross: The vocation and role of woman

St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross

St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross was a brilliant philosopher, an accomplished author, a Jewish convert, a Carmelite nun, a martyr, and a saint. In her great body of writing, she considered the unique gifts that God has endowed upon women and asserted that "woman's intrinsic value must be investigated in relation to her unique nature." Recently, I attended a talk that explained her writing on the vocation and role of women. The following excerpts from her work which we explored ... (Continue reading)

Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross


We should glory in the Cross of our Lord Jesus, in whom is our salvation, life and resurrection, through whom we are saved and delivered (Entrance Antiphon, Cf. Gal 6:14). Today’s Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, one of the Church’s oldest, celebrates the triumph of God’s humility over man’s pride "for the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men" (1 Cor 1:25). The first followers of our Lord evidently ... (Continue reading)

22nd Sunday: Embrace the Cross


If anyone wants to become my disciple, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. (Mt 16:24) As we continue our reading of St. Matthew’s Gospel and enter more fully into the Mystery of our Lord’s identity and mission as Messiah, we learn in today’s Gospel passage that if we wish to follow Jesus we must do so on His terms, not ours; no matter how well-intentioned we may consider ourselves to be. Surely, this is the case ... (Continue reading)

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