First American beatified on American soil

by | Oct 4, 2014 | Sisters of Charity, Vincentian Family

Bl. Miriam TheresaEast meets West in America’s new Blessed Miriam

Born in Bayonne, New Jersey, Sr. Miriam Teresa is the fourth American-born woman to be beatified. However, this is the first time that the Rite of Beatification will take place on U.S. soil.

“One of the remarkable things about her writings, I believe, is that she brings an Eastern Christian spirit of unity into the Western analysis. The Western theology tends to be analytical. For example, when she talks about prayer, in the West they had divided prayer up into three stages. What they called the purgative, the illuminative and the unitive. But Sr. Miriam Teresa claims that prayer always includes all three parts.” Bishop Kurt Burnette of the Byzantine Ruthenian Catholic Eparchy of Passaic.

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