Teresa of Avila, October 15, doctor of the Church Lived in a very tumultuous time in society & the Church. Ecclesiastics were compromised and Reformation sweeping Europe and Spanish Inquisition used in her home country of Spain. A Carmelite nun, prominent Spanish mystic, religious reformer, author, theologian of the contemplative life and of mental prayer, she earned the rare distinction of being declared a Doctor of the Church, but not until over four centuries after her death. Active during the Catholic Reformation, she reformed the Carmelite Orders of both women and men.:217 The movement she initiated was later joined by the younger Spanish Carmelite friar and mystic, John of the Cross. It led eventually to the establishment of the Discalced Carmelites.
Institute Carmelite Studies reliable translations and study guides
Teresa Avila meditative piece do not need to go outside faith traditions contra to yoga, to find peace, meditation, quietude. Plum depths of own Faith before going far afield.
Interior Castle spend a lifetime reading it. Imitation of Christ Thomas a Kempis, Flannery O’Connor short stories.
St. Therese reflects her mother, Teresa of Avila. Keeps Therese from seeing God the Father as a patsy with no hell.
The Blessed Carmelites Martyrs of Compiegne imbue order with graces to withstand such a long time