All’s Well That Ends Well

The Bishop of Osma, Dr. Alonso Velásquez, who had been a canon and professor in Toledo and was one of St. Teresa’s confessors, wrote to her from the city of Soria, in northeastern Spain.  A noblewoman and penitent of his there named Beatriz of Beaumonte and Navarra, a descendent of the kings of Navarra, “… a mild-mannered person, generous and penitent … (Foundations 30:4)” who was married but had no children wanted to establish a monastery of nuns there. … More All’s Well That Ends Well


Counsels for Visitators

You may think that Carmelite nuns, and in particular the prioresses, would never need a correction, but this is not so. Even St. Teresa, in her counsels written in 1576 for Fr. Gracián who was serving at the time as the visitator, wrote, “It seems to me that by dealing with these matters I’m being offensive to these monasteries of the Virgin, our Lady, since through the Lord’s goodness they are far removed from any need for this severity. But it is my fear that makes me say this, a fear stemming from the fact that with time, through a lack of carefulness in the beginning, laxity usually creeps into monasteries (On Making the Visitation, 6).” … More Counsels for Visitators

A Tree Is Known By Its Fruit

“Wait a little, daughter, and you shall see great things.”

After about five years at the first foundation of St. Joseph’s in Avila, Spain, perhaps the reputation of the new monastery had reached the ears of the Father General of the Order, Fr. Juan-Baptiste Rossi, called Rubeo, who came to Avila from Rome. Such travels were unusual for Father Generals. When Saint Teresa heard of his presence, she invited him to the monastery. He was so impressed by what he saw that he ordered St. Teresa to make as many foundations as possible. It was not long before he approved her Constitutions as well. That the Father General approved the Constitutions was testified by the Provincial of the Carmelites of Castile, Father Angel de Salazar, a contemporary of St. Teresa. … More A Tree Is Known By Its Fruit

Saint Teresa and the Practice of Poverty

Saint Peter of Alcantara, a Franciscan friar who was a contemporary and a good friend of St. Teresa, was the only person who encouraged her to insist on dependence on alms as a way of observing poverty. This great Saint, who had died, appeared to St. Teresa, “looked severe and told me that I should by no means accept an income.” … More Saint Teresa and the Practice of Poverty