Celebrating St. Teresa of Avila
400 years ago, the revolutionary Teresa of Ávila was canonized as a saint. Revolutionary might not be the first word that pops into most people's heads when they think of St. Teresa, but by learning about her life, you will see how revolutionary she was in the church and the world.
St. Teresa was named the first woman Doctor of the Church. She would not let herself be held back, especially because she was a woman. In the world of the Spanish Golden Age, society was not very inclined to the “independence of women; rather, it was just the opposite. Men were in control, and women had to adapt,” explained Italian Carmelite Sr. Cristiana Dobner, "from an early age, Teresa showed that she knew how to get what she wanted.” She was independent and autonomous. When she understood that God was calling her to be a nun, and after she told her father (who rejected the idea), she decided to leave her parents’ house, and she went to the monastery of the Incarnation (in Avila).
She established small convents throughout Spain. She traveled on foot, and thus became called the “walking” saint. St. Teresa taught her nuns to think and pray on their own, and to concentrate in order to hear the Lord in their interior, in what she called the “Interior Castle.”
It is love alone that gives worth to all things.
~ St. Teresa of Avila
Michelle Jones published an article yesterday that spoke of St. Teresa's “interior castle” image and how it can help us believe that we're fundamentally worthy of love and belonging.
Within the article, Michelle Jones references the work of Brene Brown. That name might be familiar, especially if you caught Tony Pichler's reflection yesterday during the Liturgy of the Word prayer service. Here is the hugely popular TED Talk from Brene Brown:
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READINGS FOR THIS WEEKEND’S MASSES
VIRTUALLY SUNDAY REFLECTION
Life is full of highs and lows. Through it all, especially when life gets hard, persistent prayer keeps us reaching toward God. Join Fr Tim as he explores three forms of persistent prayer found in this weekend's scripture readings.
This Weekend's Bulletin
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Recent Loss in Our Parish Family
Resurrection and StreetLights
Once a week, StreetLights Outreach volunteers ‘engage people on the margins’ in downtown Green Bay. Many of the volunteers are from the Resurrection Parish Family. In addition, the ministry has been supported through the generosity of Resurrection through the donations of blankets, sleeping bags, and tarps to those living on the streets. The Compass Newspaper recently ran an article about StreetLights and it features Resurrection's own Tony Pichler and Melissa Nelson-Bohan.
EPH OPEN HOUSE
We will have an open house event on Friday, October 21st from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm for anyone interested in learning more about EPH. Stop in to learn more about our mission and programs, meet our team, and take a tour of an EPH home! The open house will start at the EPH office, which is located at 200 S Monroe, Green Bay. Please contact Crystal at 920-857-4848 or email@example.com with any questions.
EPH has provided housing and case management for 47 families – including 134 children – this year. Thank you for helping us provide safety, stability, and solutions for families with children experiencing homelessness in our community!
Ruby and Res
Ruby is so impressed with the number of blankets that were donated to help those experiencing homelessness.