Thursday, 13 April 2017

Saint Teresa of the Andes

Oil painting commemorating her beatification
The 12th of April is the feast day of Saint Teresa of the Andes. She is the patron saint against disease Against illness Ill people Young people Santiago Los Andes.

Saint Teresa of Jesus lived between 1900 to 1920 and was also known as Teresa of the Andes. She was born in Chile to an upper class family. A pious child, she developed a deep devotion to Jesus and Mary. At the age of 10 she prepared for her First Holy Communion. She decided to become a Carmelite nun, inspired by the story of Saint Therese of Lisieux and her autobiography. At the age of 19, in May of 1919, she entered the Carmelite monastery of Los Andes. She accepted the revelation she will die young through prayer, and a few months after she entered the monastery, she contracted typhoid fever and died on April 1920 during Holy Wee. She was permitted to profess her vows before her death. She was canonised in 1993 by Pope Saint John Paul II and is the first Chilean and first Discalced Carmelite nun outside of Europe to be declared a saint.

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