Sunday, July 13, 2003


. . . . .is the feast day of St. Teresa of the Andes, a 20th century Carmelite nun and the first Chilean canonized saint. Her grandmother was an Armstrong, so perhaps she is also a Scottish saint, twice removed.

From the Carmelite Breviary:

Juanita Fernandez Solar was born at Santiago, Chile, on July 13, 1900. From
her adolescence she was devoted to Christ. She entered the monastery of the
Discalced Carmelite Nuns at Los Andes on May 7, 1919, where she was given
the name of Teresa of Jesus. She died on April 12, of the following year
after having made her religious profession. She was beatified on April 3,
1987, at Santiago, Chile, and canonized on March 21, 1993 by Pope John Paul
II and proposed as a model for young people. She is the first Chilean and
the first member of the Teresian Carmel in Latin America to be canonized.

There is a photograph of her here along with a selection of quotations. When she made her first Holy Communion she was favoured with locutions from Our Lord. It resulted in some embarrassment for her some months later at school when she discovered that Our Lord does respond verbally to everyone who talks to Him when they receive Him in Holy Communion.