In his apostolic exhortation Evangelii Nuntiandi, Pope Paul VI provided a role model for evangelization, writing, “Modern man listens more willingly to witnesses than to teachers, and if he does listen to teachers, it is because they are witnesses.”
Pre-eminent among role models for our time is St. Teresa of Avila, who shines as a teacher and witness to prayer. The Church celebrates the 500th anniversary of the Carmelite mystic’s birth tomorrow.
Through her writings, St. Teresa teaches prayer by testifying to her own inner journey. Her pedagogical approach becomes even more convincing as she admits shortcomings, which began early on in her monastic life. She wrote, “Since I thus began to...READ MORE