Catholic Books >  Biographies and Autobios >  Life of Teresa of Avila by Herself

Life of Saint Teresa of Avila by Herself

Item Number: 62824

Catalog Code: 9780140440737

This item carries the Aquinas and More Good Faith Guarantee.

Life of Teresa of Avila by Herself

Gift Image | XL Image
Purchase Information

Your Price:

Format:      Paperback

Select Qty:

Ships within 7-10 Business Days
More Options

Add To My:

Bookmark and Share

 Our Description

Life of Teresa of Avila by Herself

"I beg anyone who reads this account to bear in mind, for the love of the Lord, how wicked my life has been."

Born in the Castilian town of Avila in 1515, Teresa entered the Carmelite convent of the Incarnation when she was twenty-one.  Tormented by illness, doubts and self-recrimination, she gradually came to recognize the power of prayer and contemplation -- her spiritual enlightenment was intensified by many visions and mystical experiences, including the piecing of her heart by a spear of divine love.  She went on to found seventeen Carmelite monasteries throughout Spain.  Teresa always denied her own saintliness, however, saying in a letter: "There is no suggestion of that nonsense about my supposed sanctity."  This frank account is one of the great stories of religious life and a literary masterpiece -- after Don Quixote, it is Spain's most widely read prose classic.

J.M. Cohen's lively translation captures the immediacy of the original, while his introduction places this extraordinary woman in her religious, historical and biographical context.

Product Details

H x W x D: 

7 3/4"  (19.6 cm) x 5"  (12.7 cm) x 0 1/2"  (1.27 cm)
More Penguin Books Gifts

Review Provided By - THE Catholic Book Review Site A Tiber River reviewer hasn't written a review for this book yet.
Sign up as a Tiber River reviewer and see your review here!
(Apart from fame, you can also can get free stuff and gift certificates.)


St. Teresa of Avila

St. Teresa of Avila Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 10/15
Tridentine Calendar - 10/15

Patron Of: Headaches, Lace Makers, Loss of Parents, Sick, Spanish Catholics, Writers

    Spanish noble, the daughter of Don Alonso Sanchez de Cepeda and Doña Beatriz. She grew up reading the lives of the saints, and playing at "hermit" in the garden. Crippled by disease in her youth, which led to her being well educated at home, she was cured after prayer to Saint Joseph. Her mother died when Teresa was 12, and she prayed to Our Lady to be her replacement. Her father opposed her entry to religious life, so she left home without telling anyone, and entered a Carmelite house at 17. Seeing her conviction to her call, her father and family consented.

    Soon after taking her vows, Teresa became gravely ill, and her condition was aggravated by the inadequate medical help she received; she never fully recovered her health. She began receiving visions, and was examined by Dominicans and Jesuits, including Saint Francis Borgia, who pronounced the visions to be holy and true.

    She considered her original house too lax in its rule, so she founded a reformed convent of Saint John of Avila. Founded several houses, often against fierce opposition from local authorities. Mystical writer. Proclaimed a Doctor of the Church on 27 September 1970 by Pope Paul VI.

    28 March 1515 as Teresa Sanchez Cepeda Davila y Ahumada at Avila, Castile, Spain

    4 October 1582 at Alba de Tormes in the arms of her secretary and close friend Blessed Anne of Saint Bartholomew; body incorrupt; relics preserved at Alba; her heart shows signs of Transverberation (piercing of the heart), and is displayed, too

    24 April 1614 by Pope Paul V

    12 March 1622 by Pope Gregory XV

All information used with permission of the Patron Saint Index.

 Browse For Similar Items In

Related Articles

1. Five Degrees of Blessed Mother Teresa 09/04/2012

2. St. Philip Neri - A Most Admirable Life 05/25/2010

3. 41 Famous Quotes from Cardinal Newman 05/17/2010

4. Damien of Molokai - Priest of Heroic Kindness 11/02/2009

5. Msgr. Ronald Knox - Priest of Heroic Modesty 10/05/2009

6. Fr. Peter Whelan - Priest of Heroic Generosity 08/31/2009

7. Augustine Tolton - Priest of Heroic Patience 07/30/2009

8. Don Carlo Gnocchi - Priest of Heroic Kindness 06/18/2009

9. Fr. Vincent Capodanno - Priest of Heroic Virtue 06/01/2009

10. Our Lady of Fatima 02/26/2009


By using our site you agree to our terms of use.
All content copyright 2016.
Special Features

Get >FREE SHIPPING< and learn more about the Faith with our newsletter.

Free shipping coupon included with newsletter.

Aquinas and More

/ (mm/dd)