Book of Saints – Teresa

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

(Saint) Virgin (October 15) (16th century) Many lives of this Saint have been published; but the best is her Autobiography written with charming candour, and, from the literary point of view, a Spanish classic. Teresa, daughter of Alphonsus Sanchez de Cepeda, was born at Avila, A.D. 1515, and passed away at Alba de Tonnes, A.D. 1582. Her life-work was the Reform of the Carmelite Order, which she had entered in her youth. Without help and often misunderstood or set aside as a visionary, she herself founded thirty-two convents. Her Reform spread all over the world, and nourishes to the present day. Though all her long life an indefatigably active toiler, Saint Teresa was in the main a contemplative, favoured with the grace of high prayer and enriched with extraordinary supernatural gifts. The works on Mystical Prayer she has left us continue to be text-books on the subject.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “Teresa”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 15 October 2016. Web. 29 July 2021. <>