So I was delighted to see a friend's Facebook status describing Teresa as a strong woman, full of reckless love for God. There are none so reckless as the wholehearted, and Teresa, once she had fallen madly and totally in love with God was definitely wholehearted. Even so, she remained grounded and practical, her spiritual advice strongly laced with common sense and humanity - and spiced with more than a dash of her characteristic humour.
There is a lovely prayer of hers. I don't know its exact origin, but I like to imagine her writing it to one of her dearly beloved convents, sending it as a form of blessing for each sister, with much tender love. We can certainly pray it for ourselves and for those we love... especially anyone called Teresa, to wish them a buon onomastico...
May today there be peace within.
May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be.
May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith.
May you use those gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you.
May you be content knowing that you are a child of God.
Let this presence settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love.
It is there for each and everyone of you.