Saint Teresa Margaret Redi of the Sacred Heart

September 1: An Optional Memorial from the Common of Virgins.

Teresa Margaret was born in Arezzo in Tuscany in 1747 of the noble Redi family, and entered the Discalced Carmelites at Florence on September 1, 1764. She was given a special contemplative experience concerning the words of St John, “God is love.” She felt deeply that her vocation was to live a hidden life of love and self-immolation. That vocation was confirmed by her heroic exercise of fraternal charity, but was soon completed: she died in 1770, aged twenty-three.

you enabled Saint Teresa Margaret Redi
to draw untold resources of humility and charity
from the fountain-head, our Saviour.
Through her prayers
may we never be separated from the love of Christ.
Grant this through Christ, our Lord.

Scripture Readings
Ephesians 3:8-12, 14-21; Gospel - John 15:9-17.

Texts taken from the “Carmelite Proper of the Liturgy of the Hours,” Institutum Carmelitanum, Rome: 1993.

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