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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Happy Birthday, St. Teresa of Avila

Born in 1515 in Spain.
Our body has this defect that, the more it is provided care and comforts, the more needs and desires it finds. - St. Teresa of Avila
St. 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)

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