Tuesday, August 23, 2011

¿Qué hace una chica como tú en un sitio como éste?

Sister Teresita (aged 103 years) meets the Pope

Sister Teresita was born in September 1907. She will be 104 years old this September

On 16th April 1927 she entered the closed Cistercian convent of nuns in Buenafuente del Sistal in Guadalajara, Spain and has remained there ever since.

On Sunday 19th August 2011 she left the convent for the first time since she entered to meet Pope Benedict. They met at the Nunciature in Madrid at 7.30 am

By coincidence he was born in Germany on the very same day that she entered the convent more than 84 years ago

There was a certain irony that they met during the World Youth Day celebrations in Spain. Perhaps not. She entered the convent when she was only 19, the same age or thereby as most of the attendees of the Celebration. The video below shows that despite her age she still has many qualities of youth.

Sister Teresita still has all her faculties and more as can be seen from the video below.

Sister Teresita presented the Pope with a number of gifts including a signed copy of a book entitled: "¿Qué hace una chica como tú en un sitio como éste?” ("What`s a girl like you doing in a place like this ?") ,by Jesús García.

The book is a series of ten interviews with nuns including Sister Teresita.

She was born in the Pontificate of Saint Pope Pius X. Perhaps it was due to his reforms that she received her first Holy Communion at an early age. She would have been seven when he passed away.

She would have been ten when the apparitions of Our Lady appeared at Fatima, about the same age as the children there.

She entered the convent in the Pontificate of Pope Pius XI.

In between while she stayed living and praying in the same convent, on the outside there would have been the persecutions and troubles during the Spanish Civil War, the Second World War, the rise and fall of Communism in Russia and Eastern Europe, the rise and fall of Francoism, a Great Depression and many recessions.

Pope Benedict XVI is her ninth Pope.