Tuesday, 14 October 2014 00:00

Fifth Centenary of the birth of St. Teresa of Jesus: "This is how we must be"

MADRID, Spain. 

At the beginning of the fifth Centenary of the birth of St. Teresa, Maite Uribe, President of the Teresian Association (TA), in a letter to members of the same has highlighted "the eminently human character and all God’s” of St. Teresa, "this wandering, reforming, appealing and generous woman, familiarly known as ‘La Santa.

In her message, the TA President reminds us: “Pedro Poveda wrote a letter in 1915 to highlight some features of Teresa of Jesus that he regarded as essential for people intending to work in the academies that bore her name. The movement that was building up around the Academies had not yet become the Teresian Association. However, he, as founder, perceived clearly what he wanted for his project and why it was appropriate that it should take the name Teresian.” (Cf. Creí, por eso hablé [74])

1014-1She also invites us to “deepen into the person and work of St. Teresa,” by going back to what St. Pedro Poveda stressed in 1915 as essential dimensions for the members of the Association.

An eminently human character is one of open humanism that is capable of combining freedom and responsibility, autonomy and solidarity, personality and openness towards others. This humanism is awake, curious and open-minded. When Pedro Poveda speaks of human lives, he is referring to humanism that is tempered by the strength of a rational, sober, generous and caring life. These are lives that seek to create and recreate human experience in God and from God. They have a friendly and appealing disposition. Poveda added that they allow others to be as God allows them to be, but they themselves are as they should be towards everyone else.”

"Lives that totally belong to God are full of God, the God who became incarnate in our history and took on a human face in Jesus Christ. It is this that inspires our Association and that is our support, ideal, theory, practice, everything in short.  When each person in the Association really knows Christ in such a way as to identify with him, when love for Christ and for others becomes a visible sign, when we live with great freedom and availability and allow the Association to flourish and bear fruit, then the Work will really be Jesus Christ. The raison d’être of the Association, like that of our lives, is to allow Christ to shine through. Hence Saint Teresa’s invitation: “Blessed are those who truly love him and who always have him near them.” (Saint Teresa, Life 22,10)

These are lives given in service to God, the God who created us to become co- creators with Him, co-workers in the great task of transmitting his kingdom to people and cultures and to our everyday circumstances and activities. These are lives in which the experience of God can bring the various dimensions of the human person to fullness: to know, to love, to feel and to be consistent.

The President of the Teresian Association ends with words of “La Santa” from the Way of Perfection (Chapter 4):  “You have seen the great task we have undertaken. What do you think we must be like if we are not to be considered very bold by God and the world? Clearly, we must work hard.  This is how we must be: eminently human and belonging totally to God.”

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