UNBORN WORD of the day

St. Teresa of Avila and the Christ Child
October 14, 2007, 10:44 pm
Filed under: Saints


I have carved you in the palm of my hand (Isaiah 49:16)

Today, October 15 is the feast day of St. Teresa of Avila. In their book, Miracles of the Christ Child, Bob and Penny Lord recount this story of the Christ Child and St. Teresa of Avila:

“Teresa had such a great love of the Child Jesus that one day, as she was preparing to ascend stairs leading to the upper rooms of the convent she met a beautiful child. He asked her “Who are you?” She replied, “I am Teresa of Jesus, and who are you?” To which the child responded, “I am Jesus of Teresa.”

They say that encounter with the Lord, as a child, affected her so deeply, after that, when Saint Teresa set out to found a new house (she founded eighteen in all) she always brought a statue of the Child Jesus with her.”

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I love this beautiful image and this inspiring story, too!

Comment by Jean M. Heimann

An inspiring story that started my day on a contemplative and positive note. I’m interested in the artist who painted this scene.

Comment by Glen Lamont

I really love this story too. I highlighted just a part of this painting by John Everett Millais. Here is a link so you can see the full painting which is called Christ in the House of His Parents. 1849-50.



Comment by Michele

Thankyou for the information concerning the painting and the artist.The link was very helpful and I will now try and find a print.

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