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Life of Saint Teresa of Avila by Herself

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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.


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0140440739
9780140440737
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7 3/4"  (19.6 cm) x 5"  (12.7 cm) x 0 1/2"  (1.27 cm)
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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

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    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.

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

Died
    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

Beatified
    24 April 1614 by Pope Paul V

Canonized
    12 March 1622 by Pope Gregory XV


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