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  Teresa of Avila - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Saint Teresa of Avila (known in religion as Teresa de Jesús, baptised as Teresa de Cepeda y Ahumada) was a Spanish Roman Catholic mystic and monastic reformer; born at Avila (53 miles north-west of Madrid), Old Castile, March 28, 1515; died at Alba de Tormes October 4, 1582.
Teresa was fascinated by accounts of the lives of the saints, and ran away from home several times as a girl to find martyrdom among Moors.
Teresa's prose is marked by an unaffected grace, an ornate neatness, and charming power of expression, together placing her in the front rank of Spanish prose writers; and her rare poems (Todas las poesías, Munster, 1854) are distinguished for tenderness of feeling and rhythm of thought.
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 St. Teresa of Avila
Teresa was the "most beloved of them all." She was of medium height, large rather than small, and generally well proportioned.
Teresa's last foundations were: at Palencia and Soria in 1581, at Burgos in 1582; the most difficult of all, Granada (1582), was entrusted to the Venerable Anne of Jesus.
Teresa depicts different stages of the life of prayer in metaphorical terms taken from the manner of securing water to irrigate a garden.
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 Teresa of Avila
She lived in Avila, a city of walls within walls: ancient ramparts, built to guard against Moorish invaders from the barren, windswept countryside; church and monastery walls, erected as bulwarks of the faith; and the facades of houses, designed to keep strangers out and family members (especially women) in.
Teresa, who was afraid of nothing except damnation, must have been exhilarated as she drank in the endless view.
Avila, a bustling marketplace and a hotbed of politics, is for the purposes of legend the city of cantos y santos — of stones and saints.
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 FT June/July 2000: The Making of a Saint   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Teresa was a mystic, but she was also a woman of the world who functioned as executrix of one of her brother’s wills and ladled out household counsel to her married sister Juana.
Teresa was born in Ávila only twenty—three years after Columbus’ sail to Hispaniola under the Spanish flag, and her life was in many ways intertwined with the early history of the Hispanic New World.
By 1579, Teresa was on the road again, where she kept a grueling schedule of overseeing convents until she died, on October 4, 1582, of metastasized uterine cancer.
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Teresa of Avila was a visionary, mystic, subject of a famous statue by the Baroque artist Bernini, and one of only three women to be declared Doctors of the Universal Church.
Teresa, known to us as Saint Teresa of Avila and to her contemporaries as Teresa of Jesus, was born in 1515, daughter of Don Alonso de Cepeda and Dona Beatriz de Ahumada, in the Castilian city of Avila, one of twelve children, three girls and nine boys.
Teresa died in 1582, at the age of 67.
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 carmelite.com > Our saints > St Teresa of Jesus (Avila)
Teresa de Cepeda y Ahumada was born in Avila, Spain, on 28th March 1515 and entered the Carmel of the Incarnation there in 1536.
Teresa introduced a fresh orientation into Carmelite life combining silence and solitude with community living and giving the life of prayer a specific apostolic role in the Church and the world.
Teresa assisted in the foundation of the first Discalced Carmelite Friary in Duruelo with St John of the Cross and Fr Antonio of Jesus.
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 Domestic-Church.Com: Saint Profile: Saint Teresa of Avila
Teresa was disappointed that being a nun was not as easy and peaceful as she had expected.
Teresa turned to the Mother of God to be her mother, and began to consider a vocation among the nuns.
It must have been very difficult to maintain a sense of balance and humour amidst the trials and tribulations Teresa of Avila underwent, but her sense of humour and wit are still remembered.
www.domestic-church.com /CONTENT.DCC/19980901/SAINTS/ST_THERESA.HTM   (850 words)

 Illuminating Lives: Teresa of Avila
Teresa's value in the marriage market was dimmed by her converso background, and she dimmed it further herself by having a love affair.
Teresa was so attractive to men that while she was in Becedas for medical treatment, her confessor not only fell in love with her but wound up confessing his own sins.
Teresa's autobiography was already being examined by the Inquisition for signs of heresy; and as a woman and the descendant of Jews, she was especially suspect.
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 Pittsburgh   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Teresa of Avila Church is a parish of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh.
The parish is under the patronage of St. Teresa of Avila, who died about 450 years ago as one of the greatest women in the history of Christianity.
She was known for the depth and fervor of her prayer, and is today regarded as a mystic and as the foundress of an entire tradition of spirituality.
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 Teresa of Avila
Teresa de Cepeda y Ahumada (later known as Teresa de Jesus) was born in Avila, Spain, 28 March 1515, one of ten children whose mother died when she was fifteen.
Teresa, having read the letters of Jerome, decided to become a nun, and when she was 20, she entered the Carmelite convent in Avila.
At length Teresa was given permission to proceed with her reforms, and she travelled throughout Spain establishing seventeen houses of Carmelites of the Strict (or Reformed) Observance (the others are called Carmelites of the Ancient Observance).
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 Teresa of Avila
Teresa de Ahumada was born in Avila to a prosperous but not aristocratic family, on her father's side a family of conversos (converts from Judaism to Christianity).
Teresa left three times: to get treatment for an illness, to care for her father when he was dying, to make a pilgrimage to a Spanish shrine.
Dalton's appendices include Teresa's words to the nuns of the Incarnation in 1571 when she was installed as prioress over the objections of many of her former sisters (Advice 2 of Appendix I), and a translation by Abraham Woodhead of a poem sent to her brother in 1577 (Appendix V).
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 St. Teresa
For example, as Teresa explained or perhaps it was John of the Cross, one of her dearest friends who helped her in Carmelite reform, an apparent clean and empty room, when exposed to the rays of the sun will reveal dust, dirt and stains that may surprise you.
Teresa suffered mental anguish because she felt called and asked to establish new convents and monasteries and renew old ones.
Teresa thought, at times, that she was going "mad" due to the infinite and "unreal" graces received through prayer.
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 Saint Teresa of Avila
One of Teresa's married sisters began with her husband to erect a small convent at Avila in 1561 to shelter the new establishment; outsiders took it for a house intended for the use of her family.
Teresa was accordingly sent to the woman, and stayed with her for six months, using a part of the time, at the request of Father Ibanez, to write, and to develop further her ideas for the convent.
Teresa trained the sisters in every kind of useful work and in all religious observances, but whether at spinning or at prayer, she herself was always first and most diligent.
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 St. Teresa   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Teresa was a 16th century religious reformer, and is acknowledged as one of the greatest mystical writers of all time.
She was born to a well-to-do family, and grew up to be a beautiful young woman, admired for her ready wit and laughter, the center of a wide circle of friends.
Unlike so many spiritual works before and since, Teresa's writings are filled with common sense, laughter, trust in God, a love of Scripture, and a deep, personal love of Christ, whom Teresa called "His Majesty." They are classics for all times, books that speak to all people everywhere.
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 October 15 Saint   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Teresa was born in Avila, Spain, on March 28, 1515.
Teresa read so many novels and foolish romances that she lost much of her love for prayer.
Teresa of Avila is famous for having opened new Carmelite convents.
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 TERESA DE  AVILA - St Teresa de Avila founder of the Discalced Carmelites
TERESA DE AVILA - St Teresa de Avila founder of the Discalced Carmelites
The extension of Teresa's work began with the foundation of a convent at Medina del Campo, Aug. 15, 1567.
The fourth method of irrigation is Godgiven: the rain; Teresa employs this metaphor to describe a state of union in prayer in which the soul is apparently passive.
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 Patron Saints Index: Commercial Page: Saint Teresa of Avila: books
This is the story of the great Saint Teresa of Avila, who was a woman of great heart and immense common sense and who was one of the most remarkable women in the history of the world.
In sixteenth-century Spain, Saint Teresa of Avila brought renewed vitality to this religious family by inaugurating a reform movement that became known as the Discalced Carmelites, a new and fruitful branch on an ancient vine.
As an expert on Saint Teresa, Father Dubay is able to give an exciting portrait of the life and dynamic personality of this great saint, and an inspiring, practical presentation of Teresa's mystical prayer and contemplation, showing how we can imitate her prayer life.
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 Catholic Online - Saints & Angels - St. Teresa of Avila
Doctor of the Church
Teresa's father was rigidly honest and pious, but he may have carried his strictness to extremes.
Teresa felt that the best evidence that her delights came from God was that the experiences gave her peace, inspiration, and encouragement.
Teresa said, "Truly it seems that now there are no more of those considered mad for being true lovers of Christ." No one in religious orders or in the world wanted Teresa reminding them of the way God said they should live.
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 St. Teresa of Avila
One of the most charismatic of the Church's counter-reformation saints, Teresa Sanchez Cepeda Davila y Ahumada was born the daughter of a saintly and literate father, Don Alonso, and a pious mother.
Inspired by a niece, who was also a Carmelite at Avila, she decided to undertake the establishment of a reformed convent that would be restored to the austerity and devotion of earlier times.
In 1562, Teresa received approval for a new foundation, the Discalced Carmelite Nuns of the Primitive Rule of Saint Joseph, at Avila, which she began with with her niece and three other nuns.
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 Carmelite Orders, Teresa of Avila, John of the Cross, Discalced   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Teresa's writings, all published posthumously, are valued as unique contributions to mystical and devotional literature and as masterpieces of Spanish prose.
Teresa was canonized in 1622; she was proclaimed a Doctor of the Church, the first woman to be so named, in 1970.
Teresa was canonized by Gregory XV in 1622.
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 St. Teresa of Avila (1515-1582)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Born in Avila, Spain, on March 28, 1515, St. Teresa was the daughter of a Toledo merchant and his second wife, who died when Teresa was 15, one of ten children.
From 1560 until her death, Teresa struggled to establish and broaden the movement of Discalced or shoeless Carmelites.
Teresa left to posterity many new convents, which she continued founding up to the year of her death.
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 CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: St. Teresa of Jesus (Teresa of Avila)
The whole city of Avila was troubled by the reports of the visions of this nun.
On the death of the nuncio and the arrival of his successor a fearful storm burst over St. Teresa and her work, lasting four years and threatening to annihilate the nascent reform.
Teresa, old and broken in health, made further foundations at Villnuava de la Jara and Palencia (1580), Soria (1581), Granada (through her assiatant the Venerable Anne of Jesus), and at Burgos (1582).
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 St. Teresa of Avila
By that time Madre Teresa had returned to the city and was able to tell him about the small farmhouse in Duruelo which had been offered her and which might prove adequate for the first monastery of the Reform among the friars.
In order that he familiarize himself further with details of the Reform by observing firsthand the daily routine of the nuns, it was decided that he accompany Madre Teresa to the new foundation in Valladolid as confessor and chaplain to the the new community.
Complete studies can be found in "The Collected Works of St. Teresa of Avila," Translated by Kieran Kavanaugh, O.C.D. and Otilio Rodriguez, O.C.D., ICS Publication, Institute of Carmelite Studies, Washington, D.C. St. Therese of Lisieux, "The Little Flower" I St.
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 Amazon.com: Books: Teresa of Avila : The Progress of a Soul   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Saint Teresa (1515-1582) is widely considered one of the greatest mystics and woman reformers of the Renaissance.
Saint Teresa shines forth as a fascinating historical figure in TERESA OF AVILA: THE PROGRESS OF A SOUL because she seemed to have an innate ability to continually seek the highest possible spiritual path throughout her life.
Descriptions of how Teresa must have felt as she experienced amazing spiritual epiphanies are handled with grace and aplomb by Medwick, who shares the facts without ever stooping to speculation nor overly exalting Teresa.
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 Lives of the Saints, October 15, Saint Teresa of Avila
The fruits which remain of the life, labors and prayer of Saint Teresa of Avila bear to her virtue a living and enduring testimony which none can refuse to admit.
When she was seven years old, Teresa fled from her home with one of her young brothers, in the hope of going to Africa and receiving the palm of martyrdom.
Reflection: The devotion of Saint Teresa of Avila to Saint Joseph, virginal father of Jesus, is proverbial.
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 Amazon.com: Books: The Life of Saint Teresa of Avila by Herself (Penguin Classics)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Less abstract and theoretical than her friend, Teresa's works are no less noteworthy for the brilliance of their ability to convey with both warmth and rigor some flavor of this most extraordinary experience: union with God.
Teresa gives her description of different levels of prayer, which appear in both the Way of Perfection and the Interior Castle.
Teresa's writing style was a mixture of the style of the time (full of disclaimers and self-deprecation) and the romantic language of the books of chivalry she loved as a child (she referred to God as "His Majesty", and used images such as castles and jewels).
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