“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my savior." -Luke 1:46-47
 

A brief outline of the Life of St. Teresa

  • +  Teresa de Cepeda y Ahumada was born on March 28, 1515 at Avila.
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  • +  At the age of 13, her mother died and she turned to the Blessed Mother as her mother.
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  • +  At the age of 16, she was a boarder at the Augustinian Convent for 18 months.
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  • +  When she was 21, she entered the Carmelite Convent of the Incarnation, Avila.
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  • +  Two years later, she began to get sick and underwent treatment at Becedas.
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  • +  At the age of 24, the attack of catalepsy left her helpless for 8 months and she continued to suffer from poor health since then.
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  • +  For three years, at the age of 25 to 27, she was an invalid and the effects of paralysis recurred intermittently until she was 39 years old.
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  • +  At the age of 28, her father died.
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  • +  She began to receive locutions and mystical experiences at the age of 40.
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  • +   At the age of 41, she had her final conversion and two years later, she experienced her first rapture and imaginary vision of Christ. In this period, she began discussions on founding a new convent for the Discalced Nuns.
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  • +   At the age of 44, she received the transverberation of her heart. In the following year, she made a vow of greater perfection.
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  • +  At the age of 47, on August 24, 1562, she founded the first reform Convent of St. Joseph, Avila.
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  • +  For five years that she was 47 to 52 years old, she had the most restful years of her life in St. Joseph’s.
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  • +  At 52, she discussed with St. John of the Cross on the founding of the first monastery of the Reform for the Friars.
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  • +  She suffered a paralytic stroke at 65. Though ill she continued the visitation of her convents and founding new ones.
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  • +  On October 4, 1582 at 9 pm, she died at the Alba de Tormes Convent at the age of 67. On this day, the Catholic nations were switching from Julian to the Gregorian calendar; after the days October 5th to 14th were deleted from the calendar, October 15th liturgically became her feast day.
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  • +  In all, she spent the last 20 years of her life from 1562 to 1582 founding 17 convents for the Nuns.
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  • +  In 1622, 40 years after her death she was canonized by Pope Gregory XV.
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  • +   Benedict XIII instituted the Feast of the Transverberation of her Heart in 1726.
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  • +   In 1970 she was declared the first woman Doctor of the Church by Blessed Pope Paul VI.


Discovering our Saints – St. Teresa of Avila
This introduces St. Teresa as one who lived in the 16th century - a time of turmoil and reform and an age of exploration, political, social and religious upheaval. She was born before the Protestant Reformation and died almost 20 years after the closing of the Council of Trent. The gift of God to Teresa in and through which she became holy and left her mark on the Church and the world is threefold: She was a woman; she was a contemplative; she was an active reformer.



BEFORE HE WAS POPE - Pope Francis’ Reflection on St. Teresa of Avila
Jorge Mario Cardinal Bergolio’s reflection on our Holy Mother St. Teresa.



TERESA DE JESUS (TERESA OF AVILA)
This is the first episode of an epic mini-series shot on location in Spain on the life of St. Teresa of Avila. It shows the growth of her spiritual life, her reform work with St. John of the Cross and the opposition they faced to bring about the renewal of the Carmelite Order.