When they say... that someone is a saint, it's bound to be nonsense.
Facts Concering St. Teresa of Avila:
|Virgin and Doctor of the Church|
|Born||March 28, 1515|
Ávila, Crown of Castile (todaySpain)
|Died||October 4, 1582 (aged 67)|
Alba de Tormes, Salamanca, Spain
|Honored in||Roman Catholic Church|
|Beatified||April 24, 1614, Rome by Pope Paul V|
|Canonized||March 12, 1622, Rome by Pope Gregory XV|
|Major shrine||Convent of the Annunciation, Alba de Tormes, Spain|
|Attributes||habit of the Discalced Carmelites, Book and Quill, arrow-pierced heart|
|Patronage||bodily ills; headaches; chess; lacemakers; laceworkers; loss of parents; people in need of grace; people in religious orders; people ridiculed for their piety; Pozega,Croatia; sick people; sickness;Spain|
* Compliments of Wikipedia
+ Here is an easy-to-read version of her life online.
+ And a more in-dept online version here.
+ But, the best way to get to know St. Teresa is to read her own words. Here's a short list of her writings:
The Book of Life (1562)
The Way of Perfection (1566)
Interior Castle/The Mansions (1580)
Foundations (completed 1582)
+ St. Teresa also wrote many meditations, prayers, and hymns for the benefit of the nuns of her Order. She wrote, as well, thousands of letters to the Carmelite friars and to the clerics and laity who were her benefactors. 450 of these letters are known to be still in existence.
+ You can find several of St. Teresa's works to read online, here.
Ways to Celebrate the Feast Day:
+ Some tasty ideas from Catholic Cuisine can be found here.
+ See below a lovely simple one, compliments of Charlotte at Waltzing Matilda, which can be downloaded here.
+ And then there's this one:
|A little bit of a scary picture, depicting the demons tempting St. Teresa .... But I bet this is the one my children will choose to color...|
|Dear St. Teresa of Avila, pray for us!!|