St. Teresa of Avila By Sierra Dinndorf

  • St. Teresa of Avila was born on March 28, 1515 in Avila, Spain
  • She died October 4, 1582
  • Canonized March 12, 1622 by Pope Gregory XV
  • Spent most of life in the Carmelite Convent in Avila, Spain
  • Before she became a nun at the convent, all she cared about were boys, clothes, and flirting
  • She went to school, and then transferred to a convent.
  • She became a nun because she thought it was the only way for her to not sin so much.
  • She wrote books
  • She wrote The” Autobiography”, El camino de perfeccion, Meditation on songs of song, and El castillo interior.
  • St. Teresa of Avila did not have a patron, but wrote the books for fun and to inform younger nuns about life at the convent
  • The main ism that St. Teresa of Avila uses in her writings is Classicism because she talks all about God, which is similar to what people did in the time of Greece and Rome
  • Piece: The Book of Her Life
  • Published: 1567
  • The book has been published and sold around the world
  • St. Teresa of Avila made the book for fun, not money and not because she was ordered to.
  • Showed her life story about finding God after a hard time
  • Important because it sets an example on a new way to pray to God that people of that era really enjoyed
  • This piece is about St. Teresa of Avila’s love for God and how she became connected to God in the first place. It shows the struggle an average woman would have while devoting herself to God. It shows that not all Saints were saintly there whole life.
  • I find this piece interesting because it shows how much St. Teresa of Avila went through to to accomplish so much. She was doubted by so many people including other nuns, but she never gave up. The Book of Her Life is all about St. Teresa Avila overcoming these challenges
  • The ism that St. Teresa of Avila used in this piece was classicism because it shows the thinking of the classical period in relation to religion. The focus of her piece is God, much like most of the works in the classical period.
  • "I wish they would also have allowed me to tell very clearly and minutely about my great sins and wretched life. This would be a consolation. But they didn't want me to. In fact I was very much restricted in those matters. 1 And so I ask, for the love of God, whoever reads this account to bear in mind that my life has been so wretched that I have not found a saint among those who were converted to God in whom I can find comfort." St. Teresa of Avila (The Book of Her Life


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