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St Teresa Healing, also called Saint Teresa of Jesus, original name Teresa de Cepeda y Ahumad.
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.
The originator of the Carmelite Reform, restored and emphasized the austerity and contemplative character of primitive Carmelite life.
St. Teresa elevated to doctor of the church in 1970 by Pope Paul VI, the first woman to be so honoured.
Her mother died in 1529, and, despite her father’s opposition, Teresa entered, probably in 1535, the Carmelite Convent of the Incarnation at Ávila, Spain.
Within two years health collapsed, and an invalid for three years, during time developed a love for mental prayer.
After her recovery, she stopped praying.
She continued for 15 years in a state divided between a worldly and a divine spirit, until, in 1555, she underwent a religious awakening.
In 1558 Teresa began to consider the restoration of Carmelite life to its original observance of austerity, which had relaxed in the 14th and 15th centuries.
Her reform required utter withdrawal so that the nuns could meditate on divine law and, through a prayerful life of penance, exercise what she termed “our vocation of reparation” for the sins of humankind.