The following people attended the celebration: Maite Uribe and Lola Martín; Loren Lozano and María Serrera representing Concha Romera, who was unable to join us because of a fall; Santa Maria Group 71; and many other people coming from various cities in Spain who had accepted our invitation.
It is not easy to summarize the devotion and affection with which Avila and all the participants sang the Magnificat over and over, waiting for the statues of “ la Grande de la Santa” and Our Lady of Charity to enter the Plaza. The emotion was heightened and the applause grew louder when both statues came to preside over the Eucharist.
The celebration was festive and deep. The pace of the songs and the attentive and respectful silence helped us, more than 7,000 participants at the Eucharist, to savor the messages of the Pope, the Bishop of Avila, the Archbishop of Valladolid who was the main celebrant, and Father General of the Carmelites.
That morning and throughout the whole day, the faces and gestures of the more than 300 volunteers and all the people of Avila, aware of the fortune of welcoming the outsiders, were hospitable, helpful, and transmitted the joy of sharing friendship with the “Saint” --as we call Santa Teresa in Avila.
As a group, the members and friends of the Teresian Association shared a meal in the downtown of Avila and we read a letter from Saint Teresa. Maite reminded us of the Pope's message for this centenary, the four paths that can do much good to us: the paths of joy, prayer, fellowship and mission.
The party ended, after bidding farewell to the statues of Our Lady of Charity and Saint Teresa, which were taken back to their regular "home."
Once again the Teresian Association in Avila thanks you for your company on the 15th and we invite you to come throughout the year to this city, which gives all visitors the inner joy which always flooded the heart of the woman whom Poveda chose to be the patroness of the Teresian Association, St. Teresa of Jesus.
Ávila, October 16, 2014