Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Oct 15, 2022 / 06:00 am
October 15 is the feast of St. Teresa of Ávila, when the Catholic Church remembers the Spanish Carmelite reformer and Doctor of the Church whose life of prayer serves as an example for many Catholics today.
Teresa Sanchez Cepeda Davila y Ahumada was born in the Castilian city of Ávila in 1515, the third child in a family descended from Jewish merchants who had converted to Christianity during the reign of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella.
As a child, Teresa was captivated by the thought of eternity and the vision of God granted to the saints in heaven. She experienced many profound hardships, including the loss of her mother at age 14, which caused her to develop a devotion to the Virgin Mary. She also suffered through many debilitating illnesses and physical pain, nurturing a life of deep contemplative prayer.
Here’s what she had to say about suffering: