|St. Teresa de Jesus de Los Andes|
Saint Teresa de Jesus de Los Andes is Chile’s first saint. She was born in 1900 and named Juanita. At her Catholic school, she read about Saint Therese of Lisieux, the Caremlite sister. When Juanita was 14, she entered a Carmelite monastery and took the name Teresa de Jesus. She wrote to her sister, “How happy I am…I’ve been captured in the loving nets of the Divine Fisherman.” Her love for Jesus was so great, that He was all she thought about. She died at the age of 19 from typhus, but even though she didn’t live long, her whole life was one of devotion to Christ.
Carmelites live apart from the world so they do not get distracted by other things and can really focus on Christ. Sometimes, it’s harder for us when we have work, school, families, friends, activities, television and many other things that beg for our attention. Saint Teresa de Jesus wrote, “I am God’s. He created me and is my beginning and my end.” We often refer to Christ as the Alpha and Omega, because alpha is the first letter of the Greek alphabet and omega is the last letter – the beginning and the end. Today, color this pictureof Jesus as the Alpha and Omega, and hang it somewhere to remind you to put Jesus first all day, every day.