The feminine Teresian Carmel in Chile

The feminine Teresian Carmel in Chile

The Discalced Carmelite nuns of Chile recently published a text titled, “The daughters of Saint Teresa in Chile,” in homage to Holy Mother Teresa in the context of the celebration of the fifth centenary of her birth.

The book begins with a Teresian biography emphasizing her relationship to America. As in any book, the narrative is accompanied by beautiful graphic selections of colonial paintings with representations of the life of Saint Teresa.

The middle part of the book is dedicated to a visual and narrative presentation of Chilean monasteries arranged chronologically, beginning with the first foundation in Santiago on January 6, 1690, by nuns from Bolivia, and ending with the monastery of Mount Carmel founded in 2003 in Puerto Montt.

The care and beauty of the text, and most of all, of the images, permits the reader to approach the reality of the feminine Teresian Carmel in Chile, recognize Christ as the center of the life of each monastery, and perceive fraternal life and surrender for all people in prayer and work, which is the essence of existence of each Carmelite in the way Mother Teresa wanted and lived.

The book ends with an array of commentaries sent by each monastery.