On the day of 14 October
St. Teresa (1515-1582) was born in Avila and died in Alba, Spain. When only a child of seven, she ran away from home in the hope of being martyred by the Moors; in this way, she said she could come to see God. At the age of eighteen she joined the Carmelite Order and chose Christ as her heavenly Spouse. With the help of St. John of the Cross she reformed most of the Carmelite convents and founded new ones. She reached the highest degree of prayer and through prayer obtained such knowledge of divine things that in 1970 Pope Paul VI named her the first woman Doctor of the Church.
**Saint/Feast of the day copied from the Catholic Culture page today.
Why are we still in Galatians? I feel like I'm getting punished for something.
Okay, that was written before I actually read today's passage.
These are the times that I really like Paul. When he stops talking like a lawyer, he makes so much sense. Today's reading is about self-control. All throughout the bible, God asks us to conduct ourselves with dignity and self-control. Paul really spells out what he thinks God wants us to do in exacting measures, and lets us know that this is the new law. If we follow the spirit, our actions will follow, and we won't be breaking God's law. Okay.
So, this is the same thing. I suspect these two readings were picked to go together because Paul is just backing up Jesus here, who keeps saying it over and over and over and over. He gets really mad at the Pharisees and the scholars and the scribes, because they have built their lives around God's law and biblical law, but they don't bother to move beyond the technicalities of the law and try to actually worship and love God. It keeps coming back to honoring the spirit of the law vs the letter of the law.