Daily Essay of Light – November 30, 2020

November 30, 2020 |

Bringing Words to Light

“This Saint.”  That’s what I said when I discovered that Saint Teresa of the Andes had the mind of a businesswoman.  You see, I’m a Carmelite translator and I bring words to light: words from saints like Teresa that are bright and clear in one language, yet hidden or obscure to English readers, can reveal business acumen!

Another discovery: Saint Paul VI’s Apostolic Letter Multiformis Sapientia Dei, in which the pope declared Saint Teresa of Avila to be a Doctor of the Church, was never published in English by the Carmelites or the Vatican.

The task seemed daunting. Translating the solemn proclamation of a saintly pope, words highly prized by the Carmelite family, required special knowledge.

Multicolor highlights help these projects take shape paragraph by paragraph, as the photo shows.

After hours of focus on detail, plus advice from colleagues in England and Rome, I submitted the translation to our Discalced Carmelite General Curia. They were standing by; we wanted to publish the letter for the 50th anniversary of St. Teresa’s ‘doctorate’.

Then came the email: “good job, everybody!” said the Vatican. “Thanks again!!!” the Carmelites added.  It’s a privilege to bring words to light.

Submitted by: the staff at ‘Carmelite Quotes’



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