This past Wednesday was the feast day of St. John Paul II – the first time his feast day has been celebrated since his canonization! We were happy to be on the air with you on such an historic day.
On the Franciscan calendar it was also the feast of St. Peter of Alcantara, a great preacher, reformer, ascetic and mystic. He had a special connection with St. Teresa of Avila, and if you listened to the show you found out why: He was a great support to St. Teresa in her reform of Carmel. He himself had initiated reform among the Franciscans, and so he was able to help St. Teresa in her work of reform. Laura, a caller from San Antonio, won a bar of Nonnavita Soap for answering that quiz question.
Much of what we know about St. Peter’s life comes from the writings of St. Teresa of Avila.
Our Lord was pleased to succour me in a great measure, — and, for the moment, altogether, — by bringing to the place where I was that blessed friar, Peter of Alcantara. Of him I spoke before, and said something of his penance. Among other things, I have been assured that he wore continually, for twenty years, a girdle made of iron. He is the author of certain little books, in Spanish, on prayer, which are now in common use; for, as he was much exercised therein, his writings are very profitable to those who are given to prayer. He kept the first rule of the blessed St. Francis in all its rigour, and did those things besides of which I spoke before.
-from the Autobiography of St. Teresa of Avila
[To read more from the chapter above go to this blog post]
We won’t be on the air next Wednesday because we’ll be on a week-long retreat. Please keep us in your prayers, and know that we’ll be praying for all of you. We look forward to being back on the air with you November 5th.