St. Teresa of Avila

10-15 St Teresa of AvilaSt. Teresa, the foundress of the Discalced Carmelites, was born at Avila in Spain, 1515. She was called to reform her Order, favored with distinct commands from Our Lord, and her heart was pierced with divine love; but dreading delusion she acted only under obedience to her confessors, which made her strong and safe. Her heavenly Spouse called her to Himself, October 4, 1582. By the alteration of the calendar, then taking place, the next day was reckoned the fifteenth of the month, and in due course was assigned for the keeping of the feast. In the Collect we have the only example in the whole Liturgy of a reference to a woman entrusted with the office of teaching and feeding the faithful.

(Source: The New Roman Missal, Rev. F. X. Lasance)

St. Callistus

10-13 St CallistusPope St. Callistus succeeded St. Zephyrinus. The institution of the ember-day fasts is ascribed to him. He suffered martyrdom under Emperor Alexander Severus, October 14, 233. He was a staunch defender of the unity of the Divine Essence. He offered absolution to even the greatest sinner who should have preformed the canonical penances.

(Source: The New Roman Missal, Rev. F. X. Lasance)

St. Edward

edward_confessor3St. Edward, called the Confessor, the last but one of the Anglo-Saxon kings of England, reigned holily and happily for twenty-four years. On the throne he rivaled the saints by his untiring practice of austere virtue; his reign was one of almost unbroken peace; the country grew prosperous, ruined churches rose under his hand, the weak lived secure, and for long ages after, man spoke of the laws of “good King Edward”. He died January 5, 1066. The Saint”s body reposes in the shrine in Westminster Abbey, behind what used to be the High Altar.

(Source: The New Roman Missal, Rev. F. X. Lasance)