Marie du jour 2022, 4 May: St. Teresa of Avila


The book called The Way of Perfection written by Teresa of Jesus, a nun of the Order of our Lady of Mount Carmel. This book is intended for the discalced nuns who observe the primitive rule of our Lady of Mount Carmel.


This book deals with the advice and counsel Teresa of Jesus gives to her religious Sisters and daughters who live in the monasteries that, with the help of our Lord and the glorious Virgin Mother of God, our Lady, she founded. These monasteries follow the primitive rule of our Lady of Mount Carmel.

She directs her counsel particularly to the Sisters at St. Joseph’s monastery in Avila, which was the first foundation and the place where she was prioress when she wrote this book.

In all that I say in this book I submit to what our Mother the Holy Roman Church holds. If there should be anything contrary to that, it will be due to my not understanding the matter. And so I beg the learned men who will see this work to look it over carefully and to correct any mistake there may be as to what the Church holds, as well as any other mistakes in other matters.

If there should be anything good in this work, may it be for the honor and glory of God and the service of His most Blessed Mother, our Lady and Patroness, whose habit I wear despite my being very unworthy to do so.

Saint Teresa of Avila

Foreword to the Way of Perfection

TERESA Way of Perfection autograph manuscript Valladolid
Original autograph manuscript of the Way of Perfection preserved in the Discalced Carmelite monastery of Valladolid | Photo credit: Ángel Cantero / Iglesia en Valladolid (Some rights reserved)

Teresa of Avila, St. 1985, The Collected Works of St. Teresa of Avila, translated from the Spanish by Kavanaugh, K; Rodriguez, O, ICS Publications, Washington DC.

Featured image: This image of the authentic autograph of Saint Teresa of Jesus of Avila comes to us courtesy of the General Archives of the City of Burgos (Public domain). It concerns the power of attorney granted by St. Teresa to Fray Pedro de la Purificación, Carmelite, and Antonio de Aguiar, physician, to represent her in all matters related to the land and other properties purchased from Manuel Franco, in the neighborhood of San Lucas [Burgos] (fols. 9v to 10r.). All of this was in regard to real estate transactions for the founding of the monastery of Discalced Carmelite nuns in Burgos in 1582, six months before Saint Teresa died. The power of attorney document was signed by St. Teresa on 16 March 1582.

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