St. Teresa of Avila is a great patron for Catholics who are divorced. That might seem odd given the fact that she was never married. She entered the convent at a young age and became a nun at twenty. But the reason why she is a great patron for the divorced lies in her conversion and life afterwards.
The convent Teresa lived in was not much of a house of prayer, it was more a boarding house for wealthy young women. But Teresa came to dispise her spiritual mediocrity and resolved to not be content with just doing what everyone else was doing. She committed herself to doing her absolute best in everything, including working to reform the nuns and starting new convents with faithful communities. She was the first woman to be named a Doctor of the Church.
Going through a divorce can make you feel like you’ve been beaten to a pulp. Every time you fall, you find the strength to get up and then you get knocked down again. At that point, it’s easy to look around at others who are divorced and observe how they are getting through it all. This can be the catalyst to settling for mediocrity. Don’t allow yourself to be satisfied with that level of living.
Look to St. Teresa’s example and know that with God’s grace, you can be a great person, despite all that’s happened. You can be a great example for others. You, too, can be a saint. Hold tight to your faith and never give in to living a lukewarm life.
Let nothing disturb you. …All things are passing. God never changes. – St. Teresa of Avila