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Teresa Avila

The Spirituality of St. Teresa of Avila


Fr. John Welch, O.Carm.

The Spirituality of St. Teresa of Avila

Teresa’s Castle

               At the age of 62, Teresa of Avila presented a summary of her life of prayer. She imaged her spiritual journey as the journey from the outside of a crystal, global castle to the center room where the King lived.

Pope’s Message to Bishop of Avila on St. Teresa’s Feast

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Pope Francis

To Monsignor Jesus Garcia Burillo, Bishop of Avila

Dear Brother:

On March 28, 1515, a girl was born in Avila who in time would be known as Saint Teresa of Jesus. As the fifth centenary of her birth approaches, I turn my gaze to that city to thank God for the gift of this great woman and to encourage the faithful of the beloved Diocese

Bishop Boyce Praises Testimony of St. Teresa of Jesus

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Bishop Boyce

Here is a homily given Sunday by Bishop Philip Boyce of Rapho, at Mass in RTÉ studios, Donnybrook.

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There’s a lovely story told about the life of Saint Teresa, one handed down to us by tradition.  One day as she was making her way along the corridor in the convent of the Incarnation, in Avila, she saw a small boy standing at the foot of the stairs.

St. Teresa of Jesus Novena


reflection wirtten by Fr. Emiel Albalahin, O.Carm.


Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4 | Day  5 | Day  6 | Day 7 | Day 8 | Day 9

“The prioress should see to it that good books are available, especially The Life of Christ by the Carthusian, the Flos Sanctorum, The Imitation of Christ, The Oratory of Religious, and those books written by Fray Luis de Granada and by Father Fray Pedro de Alcantara. 

"Thy Kingdom Come" in Jesus of Nazareth and The Way of Perfection


Their Respective Reasons for Writing

It should be kept in mind that in his Foreword, Benedict XVI describes his book as his personal search “for the face of the Lord” (Ps. 27:28, and as “in no way an exercise of the magisterium,” adding, “Everyone is free, then, to contradict me.”  He considers the Lord’s Prayer for what it shows about Jesus’ claim to divinity, about Jesus' claim to be one with the Father, and for what else it tells us about who Jesus is.

The Face of the Lord in Jesus of Nazareth and The Way of Perfection


Pope Benedict XVI's Foreword says this his writing in Jesus of Nazareth is “in no way an exercise of the magisterium,” adding, “Everyone is free, then, to contradict me.”  These posts discuss both their similarities and differences between them.

Deliver Us From Evil

The last petition of the Lord’s Prayer is “Deliver us from evil.”

St. Teresa of Avila on “true humility”


    “Pay great attention, daughters, to this point which I shall now make, because sometimes thinking yourselves so wicked may be humility and virtue and at other times a very great temptation. I have had experience of this, so I know it is true. Humility, however deep it be, neither disquiets nor troubles nor disturbs the soul;

Teresa Avila Quotes



A collection of quotes attributed to Spanish mystic and Carmelite nun Saint Teresa of Avila (1515-1582).

“ Accustom yourself continually to make many acts of love, for they enkindle and melt the soul.”

Message of His Holiness Benedict XVI to The Bishop of Avila (Spain) on The Occasion of The 450th Anniversary of The Monastery of San José In Avila And The Beginning of The Reform of Carmel



To my Venerable Brother
Bishop Jesús García Burillo of Avila

1. Resplendens stella: “a star shining in great splendour” (Libro de la Vida, [The Book of My Life] 32, 11). With these words the Lord encouraged St Teresa of Jesús to found the Monastery of San José in Avila. This was the beginning of the Reform of Carmel which will be celebrating its 450th anniversary next 24 August.

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