The Life of Saint Teresa of Jesus – Annals of Her Life

cover of the ebook 'The Life of Saint Teresa of Jesus by Herself'These are substantially the same with those drawn up by the Bollandists, but they are fuller and more minute, and furnish a more detailed history of the Saint.

1515 – Saint Teresa is born in Avila, 28 March.

1522 – She desires martyrdom, and leaves her father’s house with one of her brothers.

1527 – Death of her mother.

1529 – Writes romances of chivalry, and is misled by a thoughtless cousin.

1531 – Her sister Maria’s marriage, and her removal from home to the Augustinian monastery, where she remains till the autumn of next year.

1533 – November 2, enters the monastery of the Incarnation.

1534 – November 3, makes her profession.

1535 – Goes to Castellanos de la Cañada, to her sister’s house, where she remains till the spring of 1536, when she goes to Bezadas.

1537 – Returns to Avila on Palm Sunday. In July seriously ill, and in a trance for four days, when in her father’s house. Paralysed for more than two years.

1539 – Is cured of her paralysis by Saint Joseph.

1541 – Begins to grow lukewarm, and gives up mental prayer.

1542 – Our Lord appears to her in the parlour of the monastery, “stern and grave”.

1555 – Ceases to converse with secular people, moved thereto by the sight of a picture of our Lord on the cross. The Jesuits come to Avila and the Saint confesses to F. Juan de Padranos.

1556 – Beginning of the supernatural visitations.

1557 – Saint Francis de Borja comes to Avila, and approves of the spirit of the Saint.

1558 – First rapture of the Saint. The vision of Hell. Father Alvarez ordained priest.

1559 – She takes F. Alvarez for her confessor. The transpiercing of her heart. Vision of our Lord risen from the dead.

1560 – The vow of greater perfection. Saint Peter of Alcantara approves of her spirit, and Saint Luis Beltran encourages her to proceed with her plan of founding a new monastery.

1561 – Father Gaspar de Salazar, S.J., comes to Avila; her sister Doña Juana comes to Avila from Alba de Tormes to help the Saint in the new foundation. Restores her nephew to Life. Fra Ibañez bids her write her Life. Receives a sum of money from her brother in Peru, which enables her to go on with the building of the new house.

1562 – Goes to Toledo, to the house of Doña Luisa de la Cerda, and finishes the account of her Life. Makes the acquaintance of Fra Bañes, afterwards her principal director, and Fra Garcia of Toledo, both Dominicans. Receives a visit from Maria of Jesus. Has a revelation that her sister, Doña Maria, will die suddenly. Returns to Avila and takes possession of the new monastery, August 24. Troubles in Avila. The Saint ordered back to the monastery of the Incarnation. Is commanded by Fra Garcia of Toledo to write the history of the foundation of Saint Joseph.

– by Don Vicente de la Fuente