Panel explores Saint Teresa of Avila’s relevance to young Catholics

first_imgFour speakers gathered Thursday night at Saint Mary’s to discuss St. Teresa of Ávila’s relevance to young Catholics as part of a spring lecture series in honor of the 500th anniversary of her birth.Teresa’s selflessness and love for others were common themes in each speaker’s presentation, but Julia Feder, a postdoctoral fellow in Notre Dame’s theology department, focused especially on false humility, which she said can produce fear and a lack of confidence in believers.“There are many opportunities to misinterpret humility,” Feder said. “False humility can produce fear and overzealous penitential practices. True humility will lead one to accept God’s blessings and courageously take up love of one’s neighbor. It will lead to activity, rather than to paralysis.”Additionally, Feder emphasized the importance of honoring God through prayer. She said conversation with God can lead to greater understanding of oneself.“Prayer is for those seeking purification,” Feder said. “It is the door to the healing works of God. The journey toward union with God and prayer is also a journey toward knowledge of the self.”Maria Surat, a master of divinity student at Notre Dame, discussed Teresa’s desire for people to follow in the example of the Carmelites and meditate each day.“Teresa taught that prayer is nothing but a conversation between friends,” Surat said. “She tells us to seek God with determination and to never give up in prayer. Prayer is not thinking much but loving much.”Surat said Teresa’s followers should consider God a close friend, for this perspective can help them to grow in faith.“Teresa teaches us to seek God’s face in the person of Christ and to cultivate intimate friendship with him,” Surat said. “We are called to friendship with God so that we might encourage others to seek him.”Surat related her own life to Teresa’s life 500 years ago and said Teresa faced challenges much like her own.“In contemporary society, we are faced with many challenges to the gospel,” Surat said. “Teresa encourages us to be strong friends of God. She too was living in a time of painful division of the Church.”Katie Bugyis, a Ph.D. candidate in Medieval Studies at Notre Dame, said Teresa’s experiences connect with those of her modern-day followers.“Teresa had to overcome opposition,” she said. ““he was even forced to abandon her efforts to retire to a monastery in Castille for four years. She quickly learned from the many difficulties that plagued her foundations and developed strategies for circumventing any obstacles.”Despite Teresa’s struggles, Bugyis said she witnessed the establishment of 17 Carmelite houses for nuns throughout Spain, where she enforced her own guidelines and principles.“Teresa’s reforming ideals were inspired by nearly 30 years of experience as a Carmelite nun at La Encarnación in Ávila,” Bugyis said. “Teresa was convinced that preferential treatment would destroy monastic communities. She insisted ‘All must be friends, all must be loved, all must be held dear, all must be helped.’”Saint Mary’s sophomore Kaleigh Ellis shared photos of her time in Ávila, where she walked in Teresa’s footsteps.“Ávila has a real devotion to Teresa,” Ellis said. “It puts history in perspective when you can walk around areas where people like St. Teresa walked around.”Although her 500th birthday will be celebrated March 28, Teresa’s legacy is ongoing, Surat said.“Teresa is a woman who has truly experienced God in her life, and she speaks to us from that experience,” Surat said. “We are encouraged to make Teresa’s dying words our own: ‘I want to see God. I am a daughter of the church.’” Tags: Saint Mary’s College, Saint Teresa of Avilalast_img read more

Chelsea in charge of Pedro pursuit

first_imgChelsea are in pole position to sign Pedro after Manchester United’s interest in the Barcelona winger cooled. Press Association Pedro is reportedly available for a fee of £22million, but senior figures at Old Trafford say doubts in the player’s mind over the move led United boss Louis van Gaal to end the pursuit. The Spain forward would add to Jose Mourinho’s attacking options and his potential arrival could lead to a move away from Stamford Bridge for Juan Cuadrado. Cuadrado, a January arrival from Fiorentina, has struggled to impose himself on the Blues and has been linked with a return to Italy. Chelsea have one point from their opening two games of the season and are also looking to strengthen in defence. John Stones has been the subject of a reported three failed bids, with Everton determined to hold on to the England centre back. The Blues play at West Brom on Sunday and at home to Crystal Palace on Saturday week prior to the closure of the transfer window on Tuesday, September 1, by when Mourinho will hope to have bolstered his options in attack and defence. center_img Premier League champions Chelsea, reeling from their worst start to a season in 17 years, are understood to be interested in the Spanish forward. It is not clear how far negotiations for the 28-year-old have progressed, but United now appear to have conceded defeat in the race for his signature, handing the initiative to Chelsea. last_img read more

Crunch time for Crouch and co

first_imgShare on Facebook First published on Fri 25 Apr 2008 21.18 EDT Andy Hunter Share on Pinterest Crunch time for Crouch and co Rafael Benítez has told Liverpool’s fringe players they are fighting for their Anfield futures and a possible Champions League final place when they attempt to guarantee fourth place at Birmingham City today.The Liverpool manager will take no risks before next Wednesday’s Champions League semi-final second leg at Chelsea and, with only one point required from three games to secure fourth place in the Premier League, is expected to rest the likes of Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard at St Andrew’s.John Arne Riise may be given an immediate opportunity to recover from his calamitous own-goal at Anfield on Tuesday as Benítez looks to the Norwegian to cover for the three-week absence of the injured Fabio Aurelio. The game will also provide Riise, and the likes of Peter Crouch and Jermaine Pennant, with an opportunity to convince the Spanish manager they have a long-term future at Liverpool.Benítez said: “There are some players who know they need to show quality and they need to show character if they want to stay at a top club like Liverpool. That means the last few games are a challenge for them and they need to take what opportunities come their way. So whoever plays against Birmingham or Manchester City they have to play well. They may even have a chance to play in the final.”The Liverpool manager has courted criticism from managers of relegation-haunted clubs by resting key players before Champions League fixtures but, having drawn at Arsenal and beaten Fulham with makeshift teams recently, the improved strength of his squad has been made apparent.Liverpool’s power struggle between the club’s American owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett will be one focus of a new inquiry into football by MPs. The all-party parliamentary football group is to launch an inquiry into English football and its governance and the Liverpool crisis is one of the areas it will target. The MPs plan to produce a report in the autumn. Share via Email Topics Share on WhatsApp Liverpool Fri 25 Apr 2008 21.18 EDTcenter_img Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Share on Twitter Liverpool Share on Messenger Shares00 Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Reuse this contentlast_img read more