She was born at Campi Bisenzio, Florence, where in 1874 she founded the Congregation of Carmelite Sisters of ST Teresa whom she also sent to Lebaon and the Holy Land. She lived joyfully, body and soul, the mystery of the cross in full conformity to the will of God and she was outstanding for her love for the Eucharist and her maternal care for children and for the poor. She died at Campi Bisenzio on the 23rd April, 1910. For more on her life.
Her life was motivated by a consuming love for Christ and a desire to save souls. She endeavored to live according to God’s holy will, and took delight in all the crosses which came through this purpose. In a prayer she wrote:
“To suffer, to suffer, always suffer. Do what you want with me, it’s enough that I save souls for you.”
The daily source for her energy was her devotion to the Blessed Sacrament and to the Virgin Mary. Teresa Mary lived without gratification instead seeking and finding peace of heart through a simple lifestyle and routine. This simplicity allowed her to quietly explore the depths of her own soul where she continually united herself with the Lord in each aspect of her day.
(Interior Castle VII, 4; 4, 58. Way of Perfection 26,7, Interior Castle 11,1,11.)
Fix your gaze on the Crucified and everything becomes easy.
"His Majesty could not grant us a greater favor than to give us a life that would be an imitation of the life that His beloved Son lived. For this reason I hold it certain that these favors are meant to fortify our weakness so that we may be able to imitate Him in his great sufferings.
Fix your eyes on the Crucified and everything will become easy for you. If His Majesty showed us His love by means of such works and frightful torments, how is it you want to please Him only with words?
Do you know what it means to be truly spiritual? It means becoming the slaves of God. Marked with His brand, which is that of the Cross, spiritual persons, because now they have given Him their liberty, can be sold by Him as slaves of everyone, as He was. In acting this way, He doesn’t do us any harm but rather He grants us a not insignificant grace.
We have always seen that those who were closest to Christ our Lord were those with the greatest trials. Let us look at what His glorious Mother suffered and the glorious apostles. Take up the Cross of Jesus. Help your Spouse to carry the burden that weighs Him down and pay no attention to what they may say about you. If you should happen to stumble and fall like your Spouse, do not withdraw from the Cross or abandon it. No matter how great your trials may be, you will see that they are quite small in comparison to His.
If we never look at Him or reflect on what we owe Him and the death He suffered for us, I don’t know how we’ll be able to know Him or serve Him. And without these works in His service, what value will our faith have? And what value will our works have if they are separated from the inestimable merits of Jesus Christ, our Good. And then who will bring us to love this Lord?"