Born within the Castilian city of Avila in 1515, Teresa entered the Carmelite convent of the Incarnation whilst she was once twenty-one. affected by disease, doubts and self-recrimination, she progressively got here to acknowledge the facility of prayer and contemplation—her religious enlightenment used to be intensified by means of many visions and mystical reports, together with the piercing of her middle by means of a spear of divine love. She went directly to chanced on seventeen Carmelite monasteries all through Spain. Teresa consistently denied her personal saintliness, notwithstanding, announcing in a letter: "There is not any recommendation of that nonsense approximately my intended sanctity." This frank account is likely one of the nice tales of a spiritual existence and a literary masterpiece—after Don Quixote, it's Spain's most generally learn prose classic.
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