Santa Teresa de Jesus arrives in the Holy Land

Santa Teresa de Jesus arrives in the Holy Land

Written in: Feb 19, 2015

Gruta de San Jerónimo.Belén

Cane helped St. Teresa in her long foundational paths and walking the places that according to Scripture Jesus walked, the great inspirer of his verse and his works. From an early age, Santa Teresa wanted to relive the faith as they had hermits in the twelfth century, following the teachings of Elijah, had founded at Mount Carmel in Israel, the Order of Our Lady of Carmel.

Once in Order, Teresa felt called to undertake the reform of the Order and return to God-centered life in all simplicity and poverty. His work quickly spread and today in the world over 800 monasteries with approximately 12.000 Discalced Carmelites.

Therefore, the arrival of Camino de Luz to Israel in the day when Lent begins, has special significance for the Order and for fans of the Teresian message.

In the Holy Land pilgrimage will go to the Monastery of the Sisters in Jerusalem, near the Mount of Olives, where they live 17 sisters 8 different nationalities: France, Korea, Brazil, Rwanda, Lebanon, Madagascar, United States and Palestine. A second monastery to be visited is located in Bethlehem. Currently this community is composed of 15 Sisters of France, Madagascar, Chile, USA, Nativity scene, Philippines and Poland. The monastery situated on top of Mount Carmel is for historical reasons, one of the most special: called Stella Maris (Star of the Sea). This community is made up 22 sisters 14 nations: Israel, Italy, Egypt, France, Korea, Japan, Croatia, Chile, Brazil, Madagascar, Jordan, Slovakia, Austria and Peru. Finally, Nazareth is from the early twentieth century one of the holy places where the Order is present with a community of 15 sisters 13 different nations.

The international community reflects the situation of the Church in the Holy Land: its richness and harmony in diversity, as also the fact of being a minority.

More information about Camino de Luz clicking you here.

The photo is in the Grotto of St. Jerome, in Bethlehem, and the stick is on the tomb of St. Jerome, in the Basilica of the Nativity.