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Don’t think you are capable of great trials if you are not capable of such little ones.

St. Teresa of Avila

 

St. Teresa of Jesus (Avila)

Born
March 28, 1515
Gotarrendura (Ávila), Old Castile, Kingdom of Spain
Died
October 4, 1582 (aged 67)[1]
Alba de Tormes, Salamanca, Kingdom of Spain
Venerated in Roman Catholic Church
Lutheran Church
Anglican Communion
Beatified April 24, 1614, Rome by Pope Paul V
Canonized March 12, 1622, Rome by Pope Gregory XV
Major shrine Convent of the Annunciation, Alba de Tormes, Spain
Feast October 15
Attributes habit of the Discalced Carmelites, Book and Quill, arrow-pierced heart
Patronage bodily ills; headaches; lacemakers; laceworkers; loss of parents; people in need of grace; people in religious orders; people ridiculed for their piety; Pozega, Croatia; sick people; sickness; Spain

Saint Teresa was born in Avila, Spain on March 28, 1515, and died in Alba, Spain on October 4, 1582. Her family origins have been traced to Toledo and Olmedo. Her father, Alonso de Cepeda, was a son of a “converses”, a baptized Jew. Her grandfather, Juan Sanchez de Toledo, was a Toledan cloth merchant who married Ines de Cepeda, originally from Tordesillas. Juan was forced to confess to the Inquisition that he was secretly practicing Judaism and was forced to perform a public penance. Because of this public humiliation, he transferred his business and moved his family to Avila when his son Alonso was about 14 years old. In 1505 Alonso married Catalina del Peso, who bore him two children and died two years later. Two years later Alonso married the 15-year-old Beatriz de Ahumada, Teresa's mother, who bore him nine children in eleven years. She died in 1528.

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