St. Teresa of Avila

St. Teresa of Avila

 

 

St. Teresa was born Teresa Sanchez de Cepeda y Ahumauda on March 28,1515 in Spain. After her mothers death, when Teresa was 14, she developed a deep devotion to the Blessed Mother. She was sent to the Augustinian nuns for her education. During her stay at the monastery she suffered greatly from illnesses,however early in her sickness, she experienced “religious ecstasy” through the devotional book “Third Spiritual Alphabet.” Like St. Rita, she also practiced mortification of flesh. She believed firmly that Jesus presented himself to her in bodily form. During these visions a seraph would pierce her heart with a golden lance causing her excruciating physical and spiritual pain saying:

 

"I saw in his hand a long spear of gold, and at the point there seemed to be a little fire. He appeared to me to be thrusting it at times into my heart, and to pierce my very entrails; when he drew it out, he seemed to draw them out also, and to leave me all on fire with a great love of God. The pain was so great, that it made me moan; and yet so surpassing was the sweetness of this excessive pain, that I could not wish to be rid of it…”

 

She died on October 4, 1582.

 

Her feast day is October 15. She is the patron of Spain,headaches and loss of parents. She is also a Doctor of the Church.

St. Teresa of Avila