Saturday, October 15, 2016

Project BLACK MAMBA: The Daily Double

Today, 15 October is the Memorial of Saint Teresa of Jesus, Virgin & Doctor of the Church, O.C.D. (1515-1582, A.K.A. of Ávila), co-foundress of the Discalced Carmelites, formally the Order of the Discalced Carmelites of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel: Doctor-link ūna, Doctor-link duae, & Wikipedia-link; Wikipedia-link O.C.D.

Commentary: Wayback Machine. Quoth the Holy Redeemer bulletin:
Saint Teresa of Ávila, also called Saint Teresa of Jesus, baptized as Teresa Sánchez de Cepeda y Ahumada, was a prominent Spanish mystic,… Carmelite nun & author during the Counter-Reformation, & theologian of contemplative life through mental prayer. She was a reformer in the Carmelite Order of her time & the movement she initiated, later joined by Saint John of the Cross (14 December), eventually led to the establishment of the Discalced Carmelites.
Quoth the Holy Family bulletin:
St. Teresa of Ávila was the founder of the Discalced Carmelites, which was a reform movement within the Carmelite Order. In her work of reform, she worked very closely with St. John of the Cross. She wrote several important works, including her autobiography, Life of Teresa of Ávila, & her most influential work, The Interior Castle, in which she talks about the mystical life in terms of seven mansions. These mansions show the growth in intimacy between the believe & God. St. Teresa was the first woman ever to be declared a Doctor of the Church (1970).
'Tis also the feast of Saint Severus of Trier, Bishop (died circa 455): Saint-link & Wikipedia-link.

Scripture of the Day
Mass Readings
The Letter to the Ephesians, chapter one, verses fifteen thru twenty-three;
Psalm Eight, verses two, three (a,b), & four thru seven;
The Gospel according to Luke, chapter twelve, verses eight thru twelve;

or, for St. Teresa:
The Letter to the Romans, chapter eight, verses twenty-two thru twenty-seven;
Psalm Nineteen, verse ten;
or, the Gospel according to John, chapter six, verse sixty-three;
The Gospel according to John, chapter fifteen, verses one thru eight.

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Saturday, 8 October was the feast of Saint Reparata, Martyr (died circa 250), martyred in the reign of the emperor Decius: Martyr-link ūna, Martyr-link duae, & Wikipedia-link.

'Twas also the feast of Saint Demetrius of Sirmium, Deacon & Martyr (died circa 306, A.K.A. of Thessaloniki), martyred in the reign of the emperor Diocletian: Martyr-link & Wikipedia-link.

Commentary: Wayback Machine.

'Twas also the feast of Saint Pelagia, Hermitess (fifth century, A.K.A. of Antioch, "the Penitent," "the Harlot"): Saint-link ūna, Saint-link duae, & Wikipedia-link.

Scripture of the Day
Mass Readings
The Letter to the Galatians, chapter three, verses twenty-two thru twenty-nine;
Psalm One Hundred Five, verses two thru seven;
The Gospel according to Luke, chapter eleven, verses twenty-seven, twenty-eight, & twenty-nine.

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