St. Hedwig

10-16 St HedwigSt. Hedwig, of royal origin, on the death of her husband, Duke Henry of Poland, retired into a Cistercian monastery, where she lived under obedience to one of her daughters, who was abbess of the monastery, growing day by day in holiness till Almighty God called her to Himself, October 14, 1243. St. Hedwig fasted and prayed and took the discipline; she heard several Masses daily and distributed alms with great generosity. She was canonized twenty years later by Pope Clement IV.

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

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)