Hello, dear readers!
It was a phenomenal book and I highly recommend it – especially to my lovely lady readers! The author walks you through the four incredible Teresas in the Catholic Church: St. Teresa of Avila, St. Therese of Lisieux, St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein), and St. Teresa of Calcutta.
What I enjoyed about this book was that it offered tangible ways for me to consider how I can implement aspects of each saint into my own life. The book walks you through a brief biography, lessons, and points for consideration and reflection for each saint.
Sometimes, I read books for spiritual formation and it is great information, but I’m not quite sure what to do with it post-read. I enjoy learning about my faith and I have to remember that sometimes it’s not all about what I should DO, but how I can BE. However, I definitely want to know how I can grow in holiness and faith and a healthy dose of DO and BE is necessary in our lives – especially in our spiritual lives. This book strikes a great balance of this conundrum that I often face (and maybe you do, too??).
One of the saints that I was most intrigued by is St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein). Honestly, I’ve never read any of her works, but her journey to a life of faith and to the Catholic Church is one that fascinates me and inspires me. She was an incredible scholar and wrote extensively on the feminine genius and female leadership in the Church and in society, which is so awesome & motivating. Can I get a shout out for authentic feminism?? She also wrote about the science of the cross and the glorious paradox of freedom that is found in surrendering our suffering and anxieties to Christ. Whoa.
This book is an inspiring read that highlights the beauty of the feminine genius, the amazing women that have shaped the Church, and the beauty in female leaders and the necessity for the complementarity of men and women in all aspects of life.
If you’ve read this book, what are your favorite parts? Things that you’ve learned? How will you implement these awesome women into your own life?
St. Teresa, St. Therese, St. Teresa Benedicta, & St. Momma T – pray for us!
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