July 13    St. Teresa of Jesus (de Los Andes) Virgin

 

   

     Juanita Fernandez Solar was born at Santiago, Chile on July 13, 1900. From her adolescence she was devoted to Christ.  She entered the monastery of the Discalced Carmelite Nuns at Los Andes on May 7, 1919, where she was given the name Teresa of Jesus.

     

     She died on April 12 of the following year after having made  her religious profession. She was beatified by John Paul II on April 3, 1987, at Santiago, Chile, 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 beatified. 

St. Teresa of the Andes was canonized on March 21, 1993.

 

 

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"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...

He is my unending wealth, my bliss, my heaven!"

 

St. Teresa of Jesus "de Los Andes"