Saint Teresa of Jesus "of Los Andes", Virgin
OC: Optional Memory
Juanita Fernandez Solar was born at Santiago, Chile, on 13th July, 1900. From her adolescence she was devoted to Christ. She entered the monastery of the Discalced Carmelite Nuns at Los Andes on 7th May, 1919, where she was given the name of Teresa of Jesus. She died on 12th April, of the following year after having made her religious profession. She was beatified on 3rd April, 1987, at Santiago, Chile, and canonised on 21st March, 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 canonised.
Entrance Antiphon -
Let us rejoice and shout for joy, because the Lord of all things has favoured this holy and glorious virgin with his love.
God of mercy, joy of the saints,
you set the young heart
of Saint Teresa (of Jesus of Los Andes) ablaze
with the fire of virginal love for Christ and for his Church;
and even in suffering made her a cheerful witness to charity.
Through her intercession,
fill us with the delights of your Spirit,
so that we may proclaim by word and deed
the joyful message of your love to the world.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit
one God, for ever and ever.
A reading from the letter of St Paul to the Philippians - 4,4-9
Fill your minds with everything that is pure.
I want you to be happy, always happy in the Lord; I repeat, what I want is your happiness. Let your tolerance evident to everyone: the Lord is very near. There is no need to worry; but if there is anything you need, pray for it, asking God for it with prayer and thanksgiving, and that peace of God, which is so much greater than we can understand, will guard your hearts and your thoughts, in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, fill your minds with everything that is true, everything that is noble, everything that is good and pure, everything that we love and honour, and everything that can be thought virtuous and worthy of praise. Keep doing all the things that you learned from me and have been taught by me and have heard and seen that I do. Then the God of peace will be with you.
Responsorial Psalm - Ps: 33:2-11
R/. Taste and see that the Lord is good.
I will bless the Lord at all times,
his praise always on my lips;
in the Lord my soul shall make its boast.
The humble shall hear and be glad. R/.
Glorify the Lord with me.
Together let us praise his name.
I sought the Lord and he answered me;
from all my terrors he set me free. R/.
Look towards him and be radiant;
let your faces not be abashed.
This poor man called; the Lord heard him
and rescued him from all his distress. R/.
The angel of the lord is encamped
around those who revere him, to rescue them.
Taste and see that the Lord is good.
He is happy who seeks refuge in him. R/.
Revere the Lord, you his saints.
They lack nothing, those who revere him.
Strong lions suffer want and go hungry
but those who fear the Lord lack no blessing. R/.
Gospel Acclamation - Jn 15:11
I have told you this, says the Lord,
so that my own joy may be in you
and your joy be complete.
A reading from the Gospel according to John - Jn 15:5,8-17
Whoever remains in me, with me in him, bears fruit in plenty.
Jesus said to his disciples:
'I am the vine,
you are the branches.
Whoever remains in me, with me in him,
bears fruit in plenty;
for cut off from me you can do nothing.
It is to the glory of my Father that you should bear much fruit,
and then you will be my disciples.
As the Father has loved me,
so I have loved you.
Remain in my love.
If you keep my commandments
you will remain in my love,
just as I have kept my Fath's commandments
and remain in his love.
I have told you this
so that my own joy may be in you
and your joy may be complete.
This is my commandment:
love one another,
as I have loved you.
A man can have no greater love
than to lay down his life for his friends.
You are my friends,
if you do what I command you.
I shall not call you servants any more,
because a servant does not know
his master's business;
I call you friends,
because I have made known to you
everything I have learnt from my Father.
You did not choose me,
no, I chose you;
and I commissioned you
to go out and to bear fruit,
fruit that will last;
and then the Father will give you
anything you ask him in my name.
What I command you
is to love one another'.
Prayer over the Gifts
receive the gifts we bring to your altar
on the feast of Saint Teresa (of Jesus of Los Andes).
Grant to your people the gifts of unity and peace,
through Christ our Lord.
Communion Antiphon - Jn 15: 9.
I have loved you just as the Father has loved me, says the Lord; remain in my love.
Prayer after Communion
may the reception of the body and blood of your Son
keep us from the seduction of passing things.
Help us by the example of
Saint Teresa (of Jesus of Los Andes)
to grow in your love on earth
that we may rejoice for ever in heaven
seeing you as you are.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Office of Readings
Second Reading: From the Spiritual writings of St. Teresa of Jesus, of the Andes
Jesus alone is beautiful; He is my only joy. I call for Him, I cry after Him, I search for Him within my heart. I long for Jesus to grind me interiorly so that I may become a pure host where He can find His rest. I want to be athrist with love so that other souls may possess this love. I would die to creatures and to myself, so that He may live in me.
Is there anything good, beautiful or true that we can think of that would not be in Jesus? Wisdom, from which nothing would be secret. Power, for which nothing would be impossible. Justice, which made Him take on flesh in order to make satisfaction for sin. Providence, which always watches over and sustains us. Mercy, which never ceases to pardon. Goodness, which forgets the offenses of His creatures. Love, wch unites all the tendernesses of a mother, of a brother, of a spouse, and which, drawing Him out of the abyss of His greatness, binds Him closely to His creatures. Beauty which enraptures ... what can you think of that would not be found in this Man-God?
Are you perhaps afraid that the abyss of the greatness of God and that of your nothingness cannot be united? There is love in Him. His passionate love made Him take flesh in order that by seeing a Man-God, we would not be afraid to draw near Him. This passionate love made Him become bread in order to assimilate our nothingness and make it disappear into His infinite being. This passionate love made Him give His life by dying on the cross.
Are you perhaps afraid to draw near Him? Look at Him, surrounded by little children. He caresses them, He presses them to His heart. Look at Him in the midst of His faithful flock, bearing the faithless lamb on His shoulders. Look at Him at the tomb of Lazarus. And listen to what He says of the Magaene: "Much has been forgiven her, because she has loved much." What do you discover in these flashes from the Gospel except a heart that is good, gentle, tender, compassionate; in other words, the heart of a God?
He is my unending wealth, my bliss, my heaven.
R/. I have come to rate all as loss in the light of the surpassing knowledge of my Lord Jesus Christ: I am racing to grasp the prize* since I have been grasped by Christ Jesus.
V/. I give no thought to what lies behind but push on to what lies ahead as I run toward the prize to which God calls me on high*since I have been grasped by Christ Jesus.