Saint Teresa of Avila, born on March 28, 1515, and canonized March 12, 1622, is the "Holy Mother" of the Discalced Carmelites, more recently known as Teresian Carmelites. Two of her "sayings" illustrate significant aspects of St. Teresa's life. As a child she declared: "I want to see God", and set about to get herself "martyred", to expedite the realization of her desire, telling us something of her personality- with determination Teresa was always determined! Her quest was sincere and later Teresa described her spiritual journey in her Life and Interior Castle. These great classics help us to understand why she has been declared a Doctor of the Church.
"I die a daughter of the Church" was Teresa's refrain as death approached. Years before, she recorded her sentiments in the Way of Perfection to arouse in her nuns her passion for the Church and Holy Sacrament, so attacked by the Reformation. Her nuns were to pray for the Church and for Christians