Today is the Optional Memorial for Teresa Mary Manetti of the Cross, Virgin

Blessed Teresa Mary Manetti was born at Campi Bisenzio, Florence, Italy.  In 1874 she founded the Congregation of Carmelite Sisters of St. Teresa whom she also sent to Lebanon and the Holy Land.  She lived joyfully, body and soul the mystery of the Cross in full conformity to the will of God.  Teresa Mary was outstanding for her love for the Eucharist and her maternal care for children and for the poor.

Her life was motivated by a consuming love for Christ and a desire to save souls.  She endeavored to live according to God’s holy will, and took delight in all the crosses which came through this purpose.  In a prayer she wrote:

“To suffer, to suffer, always suffer. Do what you want with me, it’s enough that I save souls for you.”

The daily source for her energy was her devotion to the Blessed Sacrament and to the Virgin Mary.  Teresa Mary lived  without gratification instead seeking and finding peace of heart through a simple lifestyle and routine.  This simplicity allowed her to quietly explore the depths of her own soul where she continually united herself with the Lord in each aspect of her day.

She died at Campi Bisenzio on April 23, 1910.

Prayer

O God, You sustained the virgin, Bl. Teresa Mary, along the way of the Cross by a most ardent love of the Eucharist, and You gave her a mother’s love for Your little ones and the poor. Through her intercession, grant that, strengthened by the bread of angels, we may delight in sharing the sufferings of Christ, and hasten the coming of Your kingdom through our own works of mercy. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

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