The 500th anniversary of the birth of St. Teresa of Ávila is on March 28, 2015. The 16th century spiritual master and Doctor of the Church is famous for her witty words of wisdom and practical advice on prayer and Christian living. Now, you can get her inspirational messages delivered to you daily on a free smartphone calendar app for iOS or Android. Developed by the Discalced Carmelites of the Provinces of Austria and of California-Arizona as part of the fifth centenary of St. Teresa’s birth, STJ500 also offers the daily Gospel reading to go with a quote from St. Teresa taken from her books and personal letters. You get the lengthy passage from which the opening quote is pulled. You’ll like the quality graphics, pictures and elegant page-turn animation as you move through each day of this celebratory year, 2015. The personal daily messages from this great Carmelite mystic and spiritual master are served up one per day, and you cannot advance the calendar into the future, so you have to wait to see what gem of a thought or passage is in store for you. As an added bonus, the app provides a direct link to email your prayer intentions to the Carmelites.
If St. Teresa has been an inspirational woman in your life, or if you want to encounter her words of wisdom on a daily basis during the remainder of this year, this app is a joyful addition to your phone and a great way to celebrate her fifth centenary.
Available in English, Spanish (separate iOS download), French, Italian, German and Coratian. The app opens in the language in which your phone is set.