Our body has this defect that, the more it is provided care and comforts, the more needs and desires it finds. - St. Teresa of AvilaSt. Teresa is one of only thirty-three Doctors of the Church, being declared so by Pope Paul VI on September 27, 1970. The title, "Doctor," is a special recognition of the exceptional value to the Church of a saint's writings and teachings regarding the truths of the Faith.
Pope Benedict XVI dedicated an address on February 2, 2011 to her:
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
In the course of the Catecheses that I have chosen to dedicate to the Fathers of the Church and to great theologians and women of the Middle Ages I have also had the opportunity to reflect on certain Saints proclaimed Doctors of the Church on account of the eminence of their teaching.
Today I would like to begin a brief series of meetings to complete the presentation on the Doctors of the Church and I am beginning with a Saint who is one of the peaks of Christian spirituality of all time — St Teresa of Avila [also known as St Teresa of Jesus]. (Read more)