Friday, October 15, 2010

Feast Day and a new knitting design up ....

Today is the feast of St. Teresa of Avila [1515-1582] (also known as St. Teresa the Great for her writings and actions which reformed the Carmelites ... St. Therese of Lisieux, Edith Stein, and Mother Teresa chose her as their patrons).  St. Teresa of Avila is also one of the few "doctors of the Catholic Church", which means:
that the writings and preachings of such a person are useful to Christians "in any age of the Church." Such men and women are also particularly known for the depth of understanding and the orthodoxy of their theological teachings.  Catholic Online
There are only 33 "doctors", only three of whom are women (St. Teresa, St. Catherine of Siena and St. Therese of Lisieux).  St. Teresa's writings are amazingly complex and yet filled with such truth and beauty.  Rick has studied her Interior Castle and her Way of Perfection.  I tend to go more for explanations of her works such as The Four Teresas and movies about her life and writings: St. Teresa of Avila  and John of the Cross (which is a great one for showing how much they influenced each other).

St. Teresa of Avila, you knew what God wanted you to do dispite criticisms and calumny from your fellow Carmelites.  Help us always to do the good and avoid the evil, discerning God's will and making His will our priority.  St. Teresa, pray for us!

On a completely secular-note, I have another knitting design up at Knit Picks:  Fun Felted Saddlebag is a beautiful purse that uses two-color knitting, steeking and slip-stitch patterning to make this one a wonderful, practical excerise of your knitting skills.  The end result is a gorgeous, useful bag -- I'm using mine as a knitting bag! 

Check out this one and all my knitting designs on Knit Picks or in my online  Ravelry Shop!

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