Saint Teresa of Avila
Feast Day: October 15
Teresa was born in 1515 in Avila. She proved at an early age that she was an intelligent and thoughtful person. Teresa and her brother Rodrigo didn't play the same games that the other children played. Instead, they preferred to go to the garden and read. They were most interested in reading the Bible and the stories of the lives of the saints.
They were most fascinated by the stories of the saints. The idea of sainthood fascinated them. To them it seemed that the saints would be in the presence of God forever. In their child-like way, they would run around the garden chanting, "forever, forever, forever."
Teresa became a nun and was very happy to enter the convent. She enjoyed her life in the convent and began to realize that she had been given a special gift. She was able to see heavenly visions. She chronicled these visions in her writing. One such vision came in the form of an angel who appeared to Teresa bearing a long golden spear. The angel was smiling and gentle so he did not frighten Teresa. The angel thrust the spear into Teresa's heart. Instead of feeling pain, Teresa felt safe and at peace. The spear was not really a spear, but the love of God. When the vision passed, Teresa felt very close to God.
Teresa did many great things. She knew how to pray and many people wanted to learn from her. She wrote books to help them. People still read those books today. When she died, her prayers were answered. She got to be with God forever. After her death, she was made a saint. She was also named a Doctor of the Church for her writing and teaching on prayer. This was a great honor especially for a woman of her time.
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