Reformer Saint | Teresa of Avila

CatholicTV Webathon Novena: Day 3

Thank you for dedicating nine days of your Lenten journey to the CatholicTV Webathon Novena. Today, Day 3 of the Novena, we ask Saint Teresa of Avila to pray for us.

Teresa was born in Avila, Spain in 1515. She entered a Carmelite convent in 1535, and for 15 years she struggled to pray. There was much corruption in the convent and sisters often wore jewelry, entertained young men as guests, and fabricated mystical prayer experiences. Teresa fell prey to this lifestyle, and struggled to be free from worldly preoccupation. However, after a conversion experience, Teresa was convicted of the need to reform the Carmelites to their original contemplative and ascetic way of life. In her effort to do so, she met many obstacles and faced harsh criticism. But she persisted, and eventually formed the Discalced Carmelites. She met St. John of the Cross during this time, and he helped reform the male order of Carmelites. After her own personal renewal of faith, Teresa had mystical prayer experiences and gained wisdom that led her to write numerous spiritual works like The Interior Castle and The Way of Perfection. St. Teresa of Avila became the first female to be named a Doctor of the Church. Her life is a testament to the fact that it is never too late to return to God with your whole heart. Though she was in her forties when she finally began to take her vocation seriously, God performed incredible works through Teresa’s obedient hands. Wherever we are in our lives, let’s ask God to transform us and take us further along the path he has made for us.

Lord, let nothing disturb me or frighten me. I know that all things are passing away except for you, my unchanging Father. I trust that patience obtains all things and that if I have God I lack nothing. You alone, Lord suffice. Amen.


Today, fast from secular media and watch religious programming instead. We recommend praying the Stations of the Cross from the National Shrine of Divine Mercy with Bishop Reed.

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Reformer Saint | Teresa of Avila