About St. Teresa of Avila
Feast Day: October 15th
St. Teresa of Avila was a Carmelite nun in Spain. She had a great relationship with God in prayer. Both the Virgin Mary and Jesus appeared to her in prayer! She had a new approach to personal and contemplative prayer. She wrote at length about her experience with prayer and has guided many from her powerful, practical and graceful writings.
Although she was a contemplative nun, she spent much of her time founding new monasteries for the Discalced Carmelites and seeking to improve herself and her order. She was very ill during much of her life, suffering from seizures, three years of paralyzation and sickness. Even through illness, she was a woman who inspired and gave life to all around her through her trust and personal relationship with God.
St. Teresa of Avila was one of the first women to be named a Doctor of the Church. She is the patron saint of sick people and people in religious orders.
Novena to St. Teresa of Avila
O most loving Heavenly Father! We thank you for the for the great gift you gave us through your beloved St. Teresa of Avila, virgin and doctor of the Church. Her life was a great example of prayer, sacrifice and faith in You. We humbly pray for her most holy intercession…
(Mention your intentions)
St. Teresa, we know that you are a powerful intercessor because of your close relationship to the Holy Mother and Jesus through prayer. Open wide the doors to the interior castle of our hearts and souls so that we may know how to pray!
Pray for us, that we may have the gift of prayer.
Pray for us, that we may have greater trust in God.
Pray for us, that we may see God’s plan in our lives.
Pray for us, that we may love Jesus as St. Teresa did.
Pray for us, that we may know how to listen to God.
Pray for us, that we may be able to pray during times of grief.
Pray for us, that we may have a more consistent relationship with God through prayer.
Pray for us, that we may see God’s hand in our daily lives.
Pray for us, that recognize God’s answers to our prayers.
St. Teresa of Avila, you are an example of prayerful holiness that we will try to follow. You are in heaven praising God. With your seat of honor, please beg God to bring me to bring me to eternal rest with you.
Saint Teresa of Avila, pray for us!
St. Teresa of Avila is the Patron Saint of…
The intercession of St. Teresa of Avila is called on especially in the following cases:
Loss of parents
People in need of grace
People in religious orders
People ridiculed for their piety
You can pray the St. Teresa of Avila Novena for any reason that you want, so go ahead and start praying!