Monday, October 14th – a Day of Fast and Abstinence

October 14th, 2013 by Gabriel McAuliffe

Saint Teresa of Jesus

For Carmelites of the Teresian Observance, Tuesday, October 15 is the Solemnity of St. Teresa of Jesus. On Monday, October 14, we honor her place on the Carmelite calendar with a day of fast and abstinence.

From the Provinicial Statutes (rev. July 2, 2011):

1. Fast and abstinence:

a) In addition to the days of fasting and abstinence proper to the Church in the United States and in response to the encouragement of our Bishops “to prepare for each Church festival by a day of particular self-denial, penitential prayer and fasting” and to our Carmelite traditions, our members, unless excused by reason of illness or age, will fast on the vigils of the following feast days:

1. Our Blessed Lady of Mount Carmel (July 16)

2. Solemnity of St. Joseph (March 19)

3. Our Holy Mother St. Teresa of Jesus (October 15)

4. Our Holy Father St. John of the Cross (December 14)

5. The Prophet Elijah (July 20)

6. St. Therese of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face (October 1)

7. All the Saints of the Order (November 14)

b) For sufficient reason, the above special fast days may be anticipated. Anticipation should never involve fasting on Sundays or Holy Days [cf. Canon Law 1249-1253].


We also honor her in a special way by her example as a Virgin and by her teachings as one of the thirty-three Doctors of the Church, one of the three Carmelite Doctors, and one of the three women Doctors.

From the OCDS Constitutions of 2003:

19. Occupying a privileged place in nourishing the prayer life of Carmelite Seculars will be the study and spiritual reading of Scripture and the writings of our Saints, particularly those who are Doctors of the Church: St Teresa, St John of the Cross and St Therese of the Child Jesus. The Church’s documents are also food and inspiration for a commitment to follow Jesus.

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