Join Us In Prayer! Pope Francis Recognizes Miracle Attributed to Carmelite Sister Ana de Jesus!

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Carmelites in the News: Pope Francis has recognized a miracle attributed to Carmelite Sister Ana de Jesús, a spiritual daughter of St. Teresa of Ávila and a friend to St. John of the Cross. Let's pray for a second miracle and for her canonization.

In 1570, Ana de Jesus joined the Monastery of St. Joseph, founded by St. Teresa as the first establishment of the Carmelite reform in Spain. After making solemn vows, she served as the prioress of the convent in Granada. St. John of the Cross was her spiritual director. After St. John shared his poem, "The Spiritual Canticle," with other members of the Discalced Carmelites, he began writing and sharing commentaries on the poem. It was at the request of Bl. Ana de Jesus that he completed and collected all his commentaries, which form the work we have now (also called "The Spiritual Canticle"). She also collected the works of St. Teresa of Avila after her death and assisted in their preservation.

Bl. Ana moved to Paris with a group of Discalced Carmelite nuns in 1604, with the assistance of a lay Carmelite, Blessed Marie of the Incarnation (Mme. Acarie), and was instrumental in bringing the reform to France. The successors of that effort include St. Therese of Lisieux and St. Elizabeth of the Trinity.

Let's give thanks for this extraordinary woman and great witness to holiness. Blessed Ana de Jesus, pray for us!

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