Book of Saints – Saint Teresa of Avila

detail of a painting of Saint Teresa of Avila by Peter Paul Rubens, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, AustriaArticle

October 15

Teresa was the daughter of noble parents in Spain. When she was only seven years of age she and her little brother liked to read stories from the lives of saints. One of their games was playing “hermit” in their father‘s garden.

When Teresa was still quite young, she became crippled by disease and was unable to walk. She prayed to Saint Joseph, who cured her.

Teresa lost her mother when she was twelve. She begged the Mother of God to be her mother. Five years after her mother’s death she joined the Carmelite Order. She built many new convents.

By a life of prayer, work, and sacrifice Teresa brought many souls to Jesus. Her many writings show her great love of God. She wrote: “Let nothing trouble you, let nothing make you afraid. All things pass away. God never changes. Patience obtains everything. God alone is enough.” She died on 4 October 1582 after she had a vision of Jesus and many saints.

MLA Citation

  • Father Lawrence George Lovasik, S.V.D.. “Saint Teresa of Avila”. Book of Saints. CatholicSaints.Info. 4 January 2019. Web. 22 September 2019. <>