Pope Francis Approves Beatification of Carmelite Sister Ana de Jesús

Pope Francis Approves Beatification of Carmelite Sister Ana de Jesús

Recognition of a Miracle

Pope Francis, more than four centuries after her passing, has officially acknowledged a miracle attributed to Carmelite Sister Ana de Jesús.

This spiritual figure, deeply associated with St. Teresa of Ávila and St. John of the Cross, received recognition through a decree signed on December 14 by Pope Francis.

Ana de Jesús’ Life and Impact

Ana de Lobera y Torres, known more widely as Sister Ana de Jesús (1545-1621), faced early hardship, orphaned at the tender age of nine. In 1569, in Toledo, she encountered St. Teresa, who recognized Ana’s virtues and invited her to join the Carmelites.

A strong bond formed between Ana and Teresa, to the extent that they shared a cell in the Salamanca monastery while Teresa penned her work, “The Book of the Foundations.”

Continuing Teresa’s Legacy

Upon Teresa’s passing, Ana gathered and arranged all of her literary works, sending them to a friar for publication.

Demonstrating a commitment to Teresa’s legacy, Ana expanded the reach of the Discalced Carmelites by establishing new monasteries in France – in Paris, Pontoise, and Dijon – as well as in Brussels.

Her efforts significantly contributed to the dissemination of Teresa’s teachings and the expansion of the Carmelite order.

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