She was ever conscious of the indwelling of the Holy Trinity in her soul.
In his homily, Bishop Serratelli stated that, in the midst of a century of extraordinary brutality, war and genocide, “God was at work, showing us” a better way.
When she was born in 1901, when Marconi [was pioneering in long-distance radio transmission], God was showing us how to be in constant contact with Him through [the the witness of] Blessed Miriam: “that doing God’s will in all things bridges the distance between heaven and earth.”
Bishop Serratelli observed that “while the work of the Church is slow in making saints, not so for God. Her life spanned only 26 years. From her entrance into the Sisters of Charity, only 28 months.”
And that was all God needed to sanctify her because she understood and wrote this: “The saints did but one thing, the will of God, but they did it with all their might.”
She “was careful never to offend God and to serve him by knowing him and doing his will. Filled with the knowledge of Sacred Scripture, she anticipated the Second Vatican Council’s [call to know] the word of God.”
Blessed Teresa understood that “union with God is the spiritual height God calls everyone to achieve. Anyone, not only religious, anyone who says yes constantly to God.”
The imitation of Christ … is always possible and compatible with every state in life. At a time when many would like a faith without creeds, God has given us a Blessed who [was content] not simply to know the truth but to know, love and serve the Truth, which is God himself.
Forty years after her death, in Lumen Gentium, the Church echoed the universal call to holiness expressed in a letter Blessed Teresa wrote to her spiritual director:
Susan E. Wills
is spirituality editor of Aleteia’s English language edition.