21 Jul WORLD YOUTH DAY 2013
As Pope Francis leaves for Brazil we accompany him with our prayer, that he may reach and touch the hearts of countless young people, confirming them in their faith and inspiring their commitment to Christ in a challenging world. Among the patrons and intercessors chosen for the youth are two Carmelite saints, St Therese of the Child Jesus and St Teresa of Jesus of Los Andes. The latter is less well known but an obvious choice. Besides being very young (she died at the age of nineteen) and being Latin American (born in Chile) she lived nearly her entire life in the world where the greatest part of her sanctification took place. She learned how to sanctify daily activities: family life, school, vacations, sports, etc. before following her vocation to Carmel.