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St Teresa Avilla
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Saint Teresa of Ávila, also called Saint Teresa of Jesus, original name
Teresa de Cepeda y Ahumada (born March 28, 1515, Ávila,
Spain--died October 4, 1582, Alba de Tormes; canonized 1622;
feast day October 15), Spanish nun, one of the great mystics and
religious women of the Roman Catholic church, and author of
spiritual classics. She was the originator of the Carmelite Reform,
which restored and emphasized the austerity and contemplative
character of primitive Carmelite life. St. Teresa was elevated to
doctor of the church in 1970 by Pope Paul VI, the first woman to be
so honoured.…read more

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· The Carmelites were reformed in the sixteenth century
by the holy Spanish mystics St. Teresa of Avila and St.
John of the Cross.
· They returned the community to its pristine state as Our
Lord had directed them. The reformed Carmelites are
also known as Discalced (shoeless) Carmelites and have
produced many canonized saints, among whom is the
great modern nun, St. Therese of the Child Jesus, also
known as the Little Flower.…read more

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· The primitive Rule, which St. Teresa and St. John re-
introduced by their divinely inspired reform, provides the
way for chosen souls to fulfill the command to love God
and neighbor.
· Each religious leaves behind family, friends and
possessions to gain Jesus by the vows of poverty,
chastity and obedience.
· As the beloved of Our Lord, she becomes an enclosed
garden in which she and God may lovingly commune
and wherein He may dwell and find comfort and
· This self-abandonment and total dedication of her being
adds efficacy to her prayers as she intercedes and
obtains supernatural aid for the Church, for souls, and
especially for priests. With the Little Flower the
Patroness of the missions as her model, every Carmelite
heart burns with apostolic charity for her fellow men.…read more

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· Carmelites seek to achieve these lofty goals by leaving
the world and entering within the protective walls of the
· The cloister minimizes distractions and provides the
silence needed for the great work of prayer and
· Many hours each day are spent in Holy Mass, singing of
the entire Divine Office, mental prayer, the rosary,
spiritual reading and other religious exercises.
· Within these walls of holiness, the nuns also perform
many works of love for the care and beauty of the altar
as well as for the benefit of the faithful by making
scapulars and other sacramental's.…read more


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