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Memorial of Saint Teresa of Avila, virgin and doctor

Saint Teresa of Avila

Also known as

• Teresa de Avila
• Teresa of Jesus
• Teresa Sanchez Cepeda Davila y Ahumada
• The Roving Nun
• Theresa of Avila

Additional Memorial

27 August (Transverberation of her Heart)


Born to the Spanish nobility, the daughter of Don Alonso Sanchez de Cepeda and Doña Beatriz. She grew up reading the lives of the saints, and playing at "hermit" in the garden. Crippled by disease in her youth, which led to her being well educated at home, she was cured after prayer to Saint Joseph. Her mother died when Teresa was 12, and she prayed to Our Lady to be her replacement. Her father opposed her entry to religious life, so she left home without telling anyone, and entered a Carmelite house at 17. Seeing her conviction to her call, her father and family consented.

Soon after taking her vows, Teresa became gravely ill, and her condition was aggravated by the inadequate medical help she received; she never fully recovered her health. She began receiving visions, and was examined by Dominicans and Jesuits, including Saint Francis Borgia, who pronounced the visions to be holy and true.

She considered her original house too lax in its rule, so she founded a reformed convent of Saint John of Avila. Teresa founded several houses, often against fierce opposition from local authorities. Mystical writer. Proclaimed a Doctor of the Church on 27 September 1970 by Pope Paul VI.


28 March 1515 at Avila, Castile, Spain as Teresa Sanchez Cepeda Davila y Ahumada


• 4 October 1582 at Alba de Tormes of natural causes in the arms of her secretary and close friend Blessed Anne of Saint Bartholomew
• body incorrupt
• relics preserved at Alba
• her heart shows signs of Transverberation (piercing of the heart), and is displayed, too


12 March 1622 by Pope Gregory XV


• sick people; against bodily ills or sickness
• against headaches
• against the death of parents
• lace makers or lace workers
• people in need of grace
• people in religious orders
• people ridiculed for their piety
• World Youth Day 2011
• Amos, Canada, diocese of
• Avellaneda-Lanús, Argentina, diocese of
• Berzano di Tortona, Italy
• Pozega, Croatia
• Spain


• nun wearing the habit of a Discalced Carmelite
• Carmelite nun with her heart pierced by an arrow held by an angel
• Carmelite nun holding a pierced heart, book and crucifix
• Carmelite nun with book and quill
• Carmelite nun receiving a message from a dove


medals and pendants


YouTube PlayList


God, deliver me from sullen saints. - Saint Teresa of Avila

Know that even when you are in the kitchen, our Lord moves amidst the pots and pans. - Saint Teresa of Avila

Oh my Lord! How true it is that whoever works for you is paid in troubles! And what a precious price to those who love you if we understand its value. - Saint Teresa of Avila

There is no such thing as bad weather. All weather is good because it is God's. - Saint Teresa of Avila

There is more value in a little study of humility and in a single act of it than in all the knowledge in the world. - Saint Teresa of Avila

We need no wings to go in search of Him, but have only to look upon Him present within us. - Saint Teresa of Avila

Let nothing trouble you, let nothing make you afraid. All things pass away. God never changes. Patience obtains everything. God alone is enough. - Saint Teresa of Avila

Dream that the more you struggle, the more you prove the love that you bear your God, and the more you will rejoice one day with your Beloved, in a happiness and rapture that can never end. - Saint Teresa of Avila

Hope, O my soul, hope. You know neither the day nor the hour. Watch carefully, for everything passes quickly, even though your impatience makes doubtful what is certain, and turns a very short time into a long one. - Saint Teresa of Avila

You ought to make every effort to free yourselves even from venial sin, and to do what is most perfect. - Saint Teresa of Avila

If Christ Jesus dwells in a man as his friend and noble leader, that man can endure all things, for Christ helps and strengthens us and never abandons us. He is a true friend. And I clearly see that is we expect to please him and receive an abundance of his graces, God desires that these graces must come to us from the hands of Christ, through his most sacred humanity, in which God takes delight. All blessings come to us through our Lord. He will teach us, for in beholding his life we find that he is the best example. What more do we desire from such a good friend at our side? Unlike our friends in the world, he will never abandon us when we are troubled or distressed. Blessed is the one who truly loves him and always keeps him near. Whenever we think of Christ we should recall the love that led him to bestow on us so many graces and favors, and also the great love God showed in giving us in Christ a pledge of his love; for love calls for love in return. Let us strive to keep this always before our eyes and to rouse ourselves to love him. For is at some time the Lord should grant us the grace of impressing his love on our hearts, all will become easy for us and we shall accomplish great things quickly and without effort. - Saint Teresa of Avila


Saint Magdalena of Nagasaki

Also known as



Her parents were martyred when Magdalena was about nine years old. She became an Augustianian tertiary, and worked as an interpreter and catechist for Augustinian missionaries Father Francis of Jesus Terrero and Father Vincent of Saint Anthony Simoens. Martyr.


c.1610 in Nagasaki, Japan


15 October 1634 in Nishizaka, Nagasaki, Japan


18 October 1987 by Pope John Paul II


Secular Augustinian Recollects


Saint Thecla of Kitzingen

Also known as

• Thecla of England
• Tecla, Heilga


Benedictine nun at Wimborne Abbey, Dorset, England. Missionary to Germany, working with her relative, Saint Lioba of Bischofsheim, and Saint Boniface. Abbess of Ochsenfürt Abbey and then Kitzingen Abbey.




• c.790 at Kitzingen Abbey, Germany of natural causes
• relics scattered by anti–Catholic forces in the Peasant’s War of 1524–1525


Saint Aurelia of Strasbourg

Also known as

• Aurelia of Ratisbon
• Aurelia of Regensburg


Born a princess, a member of the royal family of Hugh Capet. To escape marriage, she fled to Alsace and lived as a recluse for 52 years. Only Bishop Wolfgang of Ratisbon knew that she was even alive.


15 October 1027 at Regensburg, Gemany of natural causes


Saint Euthymius the Younger

Also known as

• Euthymius the Thessalonian
• Euthymius the New


Hermit on Mount Olympus c.848. Hermit on Mount Athos in Greece, and became a noted preacher in the area. Founded a monastery in Salonika where he lived for a while as a hermit. Founded a monastery on and another one near Mount Athos. Late in life, he retired to living as a prayerful hermit.




15 October 886 of natural causes


Saint Severus of Trier


Spiritual student of Saint Germanus of Auxerre and Saint Lupos of Troyes. Worked with Saint Germanus to oppose Pelagianism in the British Isles. Missionary to the Germans in the lower Moselle region. Bishop of Trier, Germany in 446.






Saint Odilo


Benedictine monk at Gorze, Lorraine, France. Abbot of Stavelot-Malmedy, Belgium in 945. Made his monastery an example of discipline and a center of learning in the region.


c.954 of natural causes


Saint Willa of Nonnberg


Nun at Nonnberg Abbey in Austria. Late in life she retired from community life to live as an anchoress.




Saint Callistus of Huesca


Friend of Saint Mercutialis. Martyred by Saracens.


Huesca, Spain


1003 in France


Saint Leonard of Vandoeuvre


Hermit. Founded Vandoeuvre Abbey in France, and served as its first abbot.




Saint Sabinus of Catania


Bishop of Catania, Sicily. In later years he resigned to become a hermit.




Saint Fortunatus of Rome




c.537 in Rome, Italy


Saint Cannatus of Marseilles


Fifth-century bishop of Marseilles, France.


Martyrs of Cologne


A group of 360 Christian soldiers martyred together in the persecutions of Diocletian and Maximian.


303 outside the city walls of Cologne, Germany


Martyred in the Spanish Civil War

Thousands of people were murdered in the anti-Catholic persecutions of the Spanish Civil War from 1934 to 1939. I have pages on each of them, but in most cases I have only found very minimal information. They are available on the CatholicSaints.Info site through these links:

Blessed Cipriano Alguacil Torredenaida
Blessed Josefa Martínez Pérez
Blessed Narcis Basté y Basté
Blessed Pere Verdaguer Saurina
Blessed Ramón Esteban Bou Pascual

Also celebrated but no entry yet

• Barses of Edessa
• Elizabeth of Hoven
• Eusebia of Vercelli
• Ferdinand Sorita
• Filippa de Chantemilan
• Fortunata of Campania
• Gonsalvo of Lagos
• Sancho of Soria
• Sofia
• William de Eril

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