The Early Life Of St. Teresa Of Avila

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St. Teresa of Avila St. Teresa of Avila was born on March 28, 1515 in Gotarrendura, Spain. During her early life, from a young age her mother Beatriz de Ahumada y Cuevas, made sure to raise her daughter as a pious Christian. Meaning that she wanted Teresa to be deeply devoted to God. Around the age of seven years old, Teresa was fascinated by the saints and martyrs and their devotion. Inspired by them, Teresa would often pray in silence and give alms to the less fortunate. Joining Teresa and her fascinations of saints and martyrs, her brother Roderigo, who was close in age with Teresa made a plan to run away to Africa, where they could be beheaded by the Moors and become martyrs themselves. They went out without anyone aware of their whereabouts, …show more content…
Being in the convent for her was still difficult to pray so she wanted to move away. When her convent found out about her plans, she was denounced from the pulpit and was told she focus on raising money for the current convent she’s in. The town quickly became against her just because she wanted to live a life of simple prayer, but Teresa went ahead and did what she wanted and put her faith in God. At the age of 51 St. Theresa put aside everything in her life and devoted all of her time traveling throughout Spain teaching in convents. However people in religious orders would often try to stop her teachings. Throughout her life she has also written many books, The Interior Castle, The Life of Teresa of Jesus, and The Way of Perfection. St. Teresa of Avila died at the age of 67, on October 4th due to poor health. St. Teresa was canonized in 1662 and her feast day is October …show more content…
Teresa of Avila is the patron saint of headache sufferers and writers. I think she is the patron saint of headache sufferers because throughout her life she has dealt with many different types of people from all over Spain. I think she was chosen to be the patron saint of writers as well, because throughout her life while living in multiple convents she has written many books. The struggles that St. Teresa has faced was being misunderstood and judge by others. Especially when she chose to leave her original convent to go live a life of simplicity and poverty. Along her journey of living a life devoted to God, the obstacle that she faced was her social life. Teresa would often drift away from God and prayer in order to expand her social life in which she would receive many compliments from people. Another obstacle she faced was the passing of her mother. St. Teresa was extremely close with her mother and to lose her at fourteen years old must have been a very difficult time for her. Her father being so strict and sending her to a convent two years later also wasn’t the easiest thing for her. Teresa would often feel sad and like she did not belong. In order to overcome these obstacles and struggles, Teresa really thought about the importance of a social life and the importance of devotion to God. She quickly realized that her devotion to God was way more of an importance and her social life wasn’t really treating her well. To deal with her mothers death she held on to the

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