Wednesday, October 15, 2008

St Theresa of Avila

My favorite story of St Theresa of Avila, doctor of the Church.

"When she was five years old she convinced her older brother that they should, as she says in her Life, "go off to the land of the Moors and beg them, out of love of God, to cut off our heads there." They got as far as the road from the city before an uncle found them and brought them back. Some people have used this story as an early example of sanctity, but this author think it's better used as an early example of her ability to stir up trouble."

Young Teresa showed a great predeliciton for, well, trouble. It was a sign. . . that her life would bring her to heaven the hard way, through reforming the Carmelite Order with her friend St John of the Cross, author of "Dark Night of the Soul"

HT Catholic Online

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