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St. Teresa is famous as a mystic who received fantastic visions, but there’s more to her than that; she was a missionary and administrator who founded 17 convents of Reformed or “discalced” (barefoot) Carmelites, whose ascetic piety provided the framework she felt was necessary to enable the sisters to develop true faith.

St. Teresa was declared a Doctor of the Church in 1970, primarily because of her two great mystical contemplative works, “The Way of Perfection” and “Interior Castle.” Above: a window dedicated to her in the Convent of Avila, Spain.

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