This week we celebrate a unique holiday\observance the Time of Remembrance and Reconciliation for Those Who Lost Their Lives during the Second World War which is observed on the eight and ninth of May. May 8 marks VE Day (Victory in Europe) when the Nazi’s surrendered. I hope that 70 years later we can reflect on those who gave the ultimate sacrifice as well as those who made it back although some have died in the years since there are still some Veterans from the Second World War still alive today.
Miriam Teresa Demjanovich, SC (26 March 1901–8 May 1927)
Sister Miriam Teresa is only a blessed but is a relatively new one, this is her first feast day, Pope Francis declare her a blessed in October. She was born in New Jersey to Ruthenian (Eastern Slovakian) immigrants and was the youngest of seven. Teresa as she was named at birth received all the sacraments in the Ruthenian Rite one of the Eastern Catholic rites in union with the Church in Rome. She was a regular girl and after graduating high school in 1917 Teresa wanted to join the Carmelites but her mother was sick so she stayed and cared for her. After Teresa’s mother passed from the flu in 1918 she was persuaded by her family to go to college. Teresa enrolled at the College of Saint Elizabeth and majored in literature and in 1923 graduated with highest honors. She longed to become a religious sister in ’24 she prayed for direction in her life, that summer/fall she visited with the Discalsed Carmelites in the Bronx. Because of health problems the Carmelites suggested that she come back in a few years. With this rejection her family suggested that she go with a teaching order so she eventually joined the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth. After the death of her father Teresa joined the order in 1925. A little over a year later Teresa fell ill and had surgery and this is where the story end. Teresa never recovered from this illness and in 1927 she made final vows “in articulo mortis” (danger of death). If you can read some more about her this week.