Saint Teresa of Avila Essay

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Saint Teresa of Avila (Saint Teresa of Jesus) Teresa de Capeda was born in the province of Avila, Spain. Her mother, Beatriz, was very keen to raise her as a devoted Catholic. During her childhood, she got very ill. She read a book called Third Spiritual Alphabet which told her how to examine her conscience and spiritual-self. She thought that she went from the lowest level of devotion to one that was perfect with God. She came to understand the wrongness of sin and was aware of what she did, making sure she did not sin herself. In the 1560’s, she worked hard to encourage Jews of Spain to follow Christianity. She also wanted to bring back the old rules of the church. So for 5 years, she remained silent, for she was writing. Teresa was given permission to set up 2 houses for men who wished to adopt the reform. John of the Cross and Anthony of Jesus helped with this. They founded the first convent of the Discalced Carmelite in 1568. And with the help of other friends, she founded more convents in 1571, 1574, 1575, and 1576. In 1576, prosecutions began against Teresa, her friends and reforms. Therefore, the government forbade all further founding of convents and condemned her to voluntary retirement. She pleaded with them to let her off. She was in luck. After years of pleading with King Philip of Spain II, the inquisition was dropped which allowed the reforms to continue. And she continued to found reforms. During the last three years of her life, she founded four last convents. She founded 17 convents in all. Her final illness took over on one of her journeys. She died in 1582. Her last words were, “My Lord, it is time to move on. Well then, may your will move on. O My Lord and my Spouse, the hour I have longed for has come. It is time to meet one another.” Forty years after her

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