MARIAN SYMPHONY NO. 15 / by Joseph Castorino

A Poem to St. Teresa of Avila

As a strong spiritual mother,

You reliably and respectably

Reform the Carmelite order,

And your holy friendship

With St. John of the Cross

Helps your soul spiral upwards

Towards the Heavenly Kingdom;

Then, you close your eyes and

Your spirit penetrates into the heart

Of the Interior Castle of prayer,

And there, in the dark night,

You discover the true Light.