1. […] The practice of the prayer of quiet continued to bring Teresa into what she called the state of union, the place where intellect and will cease to function over which she soon had no control. As the years passed, Teresa’s headaches and visions began to take their toll. She was counseled by the Jesuit Fathers to give up her “interior” prayer, but that didn’t help. One day, she cried out, “Oh these visions! What tortures I have endured . . . how can I bear it?” she wailed. “I even gave up mental prayer. I . . . I gave it up. I did! First I waited to be free of sin, but they found no fault in me. Not a fault! Yet I was visited again, more visions . . . more revelations . . . to this most miserable sinner as I.” — See booklet  Teresa of Avila,  […]

  2. […] Teresa of Avila (28 March 1515 – 4 October 1582) was a Catholic mystic born in Spain from a family with Jewish roots. Her real name was Teresa Sánchez de Cepeda y Ahumada (a.k.a. Teresa de Jesus). Her grandfather Juan Sánchez de Toledo (1440-1507- born in Toledo Spain) was a converso, who was condemned by the Spanish Inquisition for returning to his Jewish faith, he received reconciliation in 1485 which helped him to preserve his economic and social status, & was condemned to wear in procession for six weeks the sanbenito, a yellow garment of those condemned by the Inquisition. In order to clean his lineage he purchased a certificate of limpieza de sangre [cleansed blood] and moved to Avila were was able to assume a Catholic identity. […]

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