The Life of St Teresa of Avila by Herself
by Of Avila Saint Teresa , J. Cohen
Editor: Penguin Books Ltd
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Born in the city of Castile of Avila in 1515, Teresa entered the Carmel of the Incarnation, when she had twenty-oneTormented by illness, doubt and self-punishment, she gradually came to recognize the power of prayer and contemplation – her spiritual enlightenment was reinforced by many visions and mystical experiences, including piercing her heart with a lance of divine loveShe found seventeen Carmelite monasteries all over Spain.Teresa has always denied her own holiness, however, saying in a letter: “It is not suggested to say nonsense about my alleged sanctityThis frank counts is one of the great stories of religious life and a literary masterpiece – after Don Quixote, it is the most read Spanish of classical prose
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