Teresa of Avila

Today we remember Teresa of Avila. She is one of my fave saints, along with Rita and the rest. I have adored the Bernini statue in Rome.

This morning I was having a wee read at The Life and Wisdom of Teresa of Avila by Lavinia Byrne. Here is what The Papal Nuncio had to say about her:

Do not mention her name! She is a disobedient contumacious woman who promulgates pernicious doctrine under the pretence of devotion; leaves her cloister against the orders of her superiors and the decrees of the Council of Trent; is ambitious and teaches theology as though she were a doctor of the Church, in contempt of St Paul who commanded women not to teach.

My kind of woman!

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One thought on “Teresa of Avila

  1. There is a wonderful poem by Elizabeth Jennings about Teresa of Avila, but I can’t find it at the moment to send to you. Maybe your local library has her collected works – it’s worth looking for.

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