In this particular program Mark and Frances welcome Deacon Tracy Jamison from the Archdiocese of Cincinnati do have a conversation about St. Teresa Margaret of the Sacred Heart, also known as the Lilly of Florence. One of the most important topics of discussion in this particular conversation is on how we can each dispose ourselves for the gift of union with God. Deacon Jamison explains, in some detail, the need for each one of us to practice St. Teresa of Avila’s great advice of detachment and recollection. He also discusses the important role of asceticism and the degree to which we must participate in such practices vs the degree that God must do this work in us. Another important topic discussed is the idea of putting on Christ, how we adopt His thoughts, how we get to the point where each movement of the heart is actually exercised and engendered by Christ dwelling in us. Finally, this conversation addresses the death of St. Teresa Margaret of the Sacred Heart, and how the compassion she felt for others was fully experienced in her acceptance of her great suffering at her death.
We continue the introduction to the life of St. Teresa Margaret of the Sacred Heart by addressing the challenges she faced once she left civilian life and entered the convent in Carmel. What were the lessons she still needed to learn? How may we profit from them as well? Additionally, what can we learn from her ardent devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus? Then, we approach the conversation of her mystical life and the famous mystical experience she had of “God is Love!” What were the effects of this experience? Finally, we touch on the relationship of St. Teresa Margaret of the Sacred Heart to Pope Benedict XVI’s recent encyclical letter: “Deus Caritas Est.”
This conversation begins a series on St. Teresa Margaret Redi of the Sacred Heart. The program begins with a brief biographical sketch of Anna Maria Redi, the future St. Teresa Margaret Redi. This particular section of the program emphasizes the importance of raising children in a solid Christian culture and exposing them to the basic principles of devotion and religious virtue. Interestingly, and perhaps encouraging for many of us, St. Teresa Margaret Redi was not particularly noted for her sanctity or holiness as a young person. She was not an disobedient or difficult child, but rather she simply lived a very normal childhood without any evidence of the characteristics of a future Saint. None the less, even as a young girl, Anna Maria does develop a devotion to both the Sacred Heart and a great attachment to the sacrament of reconciliation. Another great mark of her future devotion, and one that was somewhat revealed even early on in her life, was her desire for hiddeness, a desire to be alone and to go unnoticed. St. Teresa Margaret Redi did experience an early locution of St. Teresa of Avila, which ended up having a profound impact on her call to Carmel. The program discusses a number of the early efforts of St. Teresa Margaret Redi to overcome her natural dispositions to her earthly life, as well as her mistaken efforts to, at times, over do her asceticism. This is a very helpful discussion for those who want to see and understand how many of us make similar mistakes in our early efforts to pursue Sainthood.
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