Saint Teresa of Avila, also known as Saint Teresa of Avila, is one of the most important figures in 16th-century Catholic spirituality. She was a Carmelite nun, mystic, reformer, and prolific writer. Her life and work had a profound influence on the development of Christian spirituality and the reform of female monasticism in Spain.
Youth and Vocation : Teresa of Avila was born on March 28, 1515 in Gotarrendura, Spain. She was the third in a family of nine children. At the age of 20, she entered the Carmelite convent of Avila, against the wishes of her father, who preferred to see her marry. Her religious vocation was deep, but she went through a period of spiritual weakness early in her religious life.
Mystical Experience : Thérèse's religious life was marked by profound mystical experiences. In 1555, she had a vision of hell which caused her to devote herself more to prayer and the reform of her order. She also reported ecstatic experiences and mystical visions during her life, some of which are documented in her writings.