Saint Teresa of Avila

Saint John of the Cross

Saint Teresa of Avila

November 15 - 17, 2011 - Ávila, Spain and Santa Teresa

Saint Teresa of Ávila, known also by her religious name, Saint Teresa of Jesus and baptized as Teresa de Cepeda y Ahumada, was born March 28 1515 at Avila, old Castile, Spain, died October 4, 1582 at Alba de Tormes, Salamanca, Spain. She was a Carmelite nun and prominent Spanish mystic and writer of the Counter Reformation. She reformed her religious Order and together with St John of the Cross founded the Order of Discalced Carmelites. She became the first female to be named a Doctor of the Church in 1970 and is one of the three females to be awarded that honour, along with St Catherine of Siena and another Discalced Carmelite, St Therese of Lisieux.

This November 17 my 60th Birthday!!  I decided to spend it with a trip to Sevilla, Avila, Santiago di Campostella and Leon (SPAIN).

November 10: MIAMI / MADRID
Depart Miami airport for overnight flight to Spain.

November 11-14: SEVILLE 
with the Carmelitas de Santa Ana where I spent the first four days by muself with them at the convent  SEE CARMELITAS SANTA ANA

November 15 - 17: Ávila Arrive early morning in Madrid where we get auto and go directly to Avila, the City of Kings and of Saints, completely encircled by 11th century walls. This is the birthplace of St. Theresa one of the greatest mystics of the Church. Celebrate Mass at the Convent of St. Theresa.
The walled city of Avila is most famous for being the home of St. Teresa, one of three female doctors of the Church. Avila's atmosphere has changed very little since the days of St. Theresa, to whom the city is dedicated. St. Theresa the great mystic, was the first woman to be named a Doctor of the Church. In the morning we will visit the city of Avila: the Cathedral, which contains many of St. Theresa relics; the crypt of the Convento of La Santa, built on the site of the house where she was born, is home to the most comprehensive museum dedicated to her life, and La Encarnacion Convent, the first convent she found. Dinner and overnight in Avila.

Let nothing disturb you.
Let nothing make you afraid.
All things are passing.
God alone never changes.
Patience gains all things.
If you have God you will want for nothing.
God alone suffices.

Third Order carmelites in Spain

Spain: Rafael Mª López Melús, O.Carm. Email: amacaronda @
Manuel Jurado Perea, O.Carm. Email: carmelosuna @
Matías Tejerina Espeso, O.Carm. Email: mtejerina @
Gaspar Borda i Bori, O.Carm. Email: gborda @


The slide show starts with panoramic view of Avila, the town built on the hill overlooking the Adaja River and the highest city in Spain. The city is surrounded by distinctive stone walls, we can see the picture of Avila Cathedral followed by vintage and modern pictures of St Teresa convent exteriors - including the Saint statues, and interior with St Teresa beautiful chapel.
These pictures are followed by the image of young Teresa and several of her images painted both by famous artists as well as by more popular productions. We can see also little collection of stained windows depicting the Saint, as found in her convent chapel and in Churches dedicated to her from around the world. We can also see two vintage holy cards dedicated to her. The slide show concludes with the picture of St Teresa reliquary containing her heart and Discalced Carmelites shield followed by drawing representing of St Teresa canonization Mass at St Peter's in Rome back in 17th century. The background music is from the track "Salve Regina" by Benedictine Monks chanting favourite hymn of St Teresa, Ave Verum, followed by Adoro te and short sequence Sub tuum presidium.
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