October 15, 2012. (Romereports.com) October 15th marks the Feast day of St. Teresa of Avila. During a general audience held on Febraury 2, 2011, Benedict XVI explained her teachings.
XVI “Our catechesis today deals with Saint Teresa of Avila,
the great sixteenth-century Carmelite reformer proclaimed a Doctor of
the Church by Pope Paul VI. Teresa entered the Carmel in Avila at the
age of twenty. Maturing in the spiritual life, she embraced the ideal
of a renewal of her Order and with the support of Saint John of the
Cross she founded a chain of reformed Carmels throughout Spain. Her
highly influential writings, which include the Autobiography, The Way
of Perfection and The Interior Castle, reveal her profound
christocentric spirituality and her breadth of human experience.
Teresa considered the evangelical and human virtues the basis of an
authentic Christian life. She identified deeply with Christ in his
humanity and stressed the importance of contemplation of his Passion
and of his real presence in the Eucharist. She
presents prayer as an intimate friendship with Christ leading to an
ever greater union of love with the Blessed Trinity. In her life and
in her death Teresa embodied an unconditional love for the Church.
May the example and prayers of Saint Teresa of Avila inspire us to
greater fidelity to prayer and, through prayer, to greater love for
the Lord and his Church, and more perfect charity towards our
brothers and sisters."