Saint Teresa joined the Carmelite convent at age 17.
16th century Sisters were religious but spent a lot of time doing things unrelated to religion.
This piece was inspired by one of Teresa's visions.
Teresa knew that serving God meant not only prayer, but sacrifice, courage, and commitment, so she decided to reform her comunity by setting an example.
She was so devoted that she was granted an experience of direct union with God. This is called mysticism.
Because of her influence through her life and her writings, she received the title of Doctor of the Church- a saint who excelled at guiding the Church.
This Church is named after Saint Teresa.