Blessed Anne of Saint Bartholomew , whose feast day was yesterday June 7th, was chosen by St. Teresa of Jesus to be her companion and nurse. Blessed Anne later brought the Teresian Carmel to France and Belgium. She was born in Castille in 1549 and died in Antwerp in 1626. Below is an excerpt from her Meditations on the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
“How truly he said in the Gospel that he came to serve and not to be served! What tremendous goodness! Can we fail to be shamed by your words and deeds, and the patience you show with us every day? How truly, again Lord, did you say: ‘Learn from me for I am meek and humble of heart.’ Where can we obtain this patience and humbleness of heart? Is there any way to achieve it except by taking it from Christ as he taught it to us with those other virtues we need – faith, hope and charity?”