Carmelite Conversations

Thoughts on the Wounds of Love and the Transverberation of the Heart

August 27, 2019

August 26 is the day the Discalced Carmelite Order celebrates the supernatural grace of the “Transverberation of the Heart” of St. Teresa of Avila.  What does that entail?  To what purpose can it be associated with?  How do you discern this grace?  St. Teresa gives us a detailed explanation of the first time she experienced the transverberation of her heart.  God has given us a great grace through the incorrupt body of St. Teresa, with an incorrupt heart, which may be seen today in a special reliquary.  What phenomena are associated with St. Teresa’s heart?  What does it mean?  How can we share in this grace in a natural, ordinary way?  What was St. Padre Pio’s experience of the transverberation of the Heart?  Understanding their experiences helps us to realize another way in which God is present and how it affects the whole world.