Santoral: The Catholic Church celebrates Santa Teresa de Ávila this Friday, October 15.
This day in the Catholic saints is dedicated to Saint Teresa of Avila, founding nun of the Order of Discalced Carmelites. Teresa was born on March 28, 1515, the daughter of a Toledo merchant and his second wife, who died when Teresa She was 15 years old, since then she was entrusted to the care of Augustinian nuns.
Teresa grew up in a family made up of 10 siblings, at an early age he decided to enter a Religious life and it was in the year 1535 when he joined the Carmelite Order. A serious illness, which left her legs paralyzed for three years, forced her to spend many years in the convent.
Historically he is remembered for having experienced a vision of “the wound of Christ”, which changed his life forever. After the cloistered life in that convent was insufficient, so he decided to reform the congregation to return to austerity, total poverty and the authentic closure of the Carmelite congregation.
Why was Saint Teresa of Avila remembered?
It was in the year 1560 when their effortsFor this she had the support of San Juan de la Cruz who supported her at all times. The propior Saint John of the Cross He would also make a reform in the male Carmelite order, since on August 24, 1562 he inaugurated his convent, San José, very close to Ávila.
This new order would receive the name of “Discalced Carmelites of San José”, because all the nuns walked with their bare feet; the new one community It would not be made official until the spring of 1567. Shortly after it became known, many people were amazed at the way of life of those young women. nuns.
Thanks to this, more and more people decided to join the order, which is why new communities were created in Medina del Campo, Malagón, Valladolid, Toledo, Pastrana, Salamanca, Alba de Tormes, Segovia, Beas, Seville, Caravaca, Villanueva de la Jara, Palencia, Soria, Granada and Burgos among many more.
Faced with the rise of Martin Luther’s Protestantism, Santa Teresa She said to her discalced Carmelites “This is what prayer is for, my daughters, this is what this spiritual marriage is for; that they are always born plays“.
Other saints who are also remembered:
- Saint Barses of Edessa
- Saint Magdalene of Nagasaki
- Saint Severus of Trier
- Saint Thecla of Kitzingen