07 Nov HOLY SOULS – Day 6
Mother Teresa of the Holy Child was known, even beyond Carmel, simply as “Little Mother” due to her small stature. She was born in Glasgow on October 10th 1897, the youngest of seven children, three of whom died in infancy. Her Mother also died before little Ethel was old enough to remember her and at the age of two years she was also separated from her adored Father who confided his four motherless daughters to the Sisters of mercy in Edinburgh for their schooling. She was not happy there and at the age of seven, having been sent home to recover from whooping cough managed to pursuade her Father not to send her back. Sister continued her education with Sisters of Notre Dame. After reading a copy of St Therese’s ‘Story of a Soul’ she felt a call to Carmel. There were no foundations in Scotland. At the age of eighteen she entered Notting Hill carmel. Sister was professed in 1917 and the following year was sent on the foundation to Highbury. From there she was sent to Glasgow where she became Sub Prioress and later Prioress. In 1934 she went on the foundation to Dumbarton. In 1942 she returned to Notting Hill to become Prioress after the death of Mother Mary of Jesus. Mother Teresa of the Holy Child was Prioress for nearly two-thirds of her life and many Carmelites have experienced the delicacy of her guidance. Her own love for her vocation communicated itself, as well as her entire confidence in God and in our Lady. It is freely acknowledged that the Association of British Carmel’s owes its existence to her. She gave herself gracefully and generously to the work required of her. In the 1984 elections she asked not to be postulated. Early in June she was admitted to hospital with slight heart failure. She returned home a week later. Around midday on Sunday july 13th it was the doctor who heard her last words as she said to him ‘I will pray especially for you’. She became unconscious until God drew her gently to himself at 10.15 that night.
The image below shows sister with her father and sisters outside the enclosure door on her clothing day.