I LOVE these first two movies as they are on Carmelite saints, I have them on DVD and they are my favorites and well watched! Surprised they still work! The movie clips in this video are from:
1. “Teresa of the Andes”
2. “Teresa of Avila”
3. “The Nun’s Story” (starring Audrey Hepburn) – not sure which order was the focus of this movie but it is not Carmel.
The hymn being sung in these movies are the “Veni Creator Spiritus”. The version sung by the actress portraying Teresa of Avila in this montage is supremely moving. The statue of Our Lord depicted during his passion is the very image St. Teresa of Avila contemplated at a significant moment in her conversion.
Here is a video of this beautiful hymn sung in Gregorian chant with the lyrics:
St. Teresa of Avila speaking to St. John of the Cross in the parlor.
“Let us suppose that God is like an immense and beautiful dwelling or palace and that this palace, as I say, is God Himself. Could the sinner, perhaps, so as to engage in his evil deeds leave this palace? No, certainly not; rather, within the palace itself, that is within God Himself, the evil deeds committed by us sinners take place. Oh, frightful thought, worthy of deep reflection, and very beneficial for those of us who know so little. Let us consider brothers and sisters the great mercy and compassion of God, and be extremely thankful to Him. The greatest evil of the world, is that God,our creator, suffers so many evil things from His creatures within His very self.“
- from St. Teresa of Avila’s “INTERIOR CASTLE”, point 3