To Saint Teresa, Carmel owes its élan and its psychology. Carmelite psychology was always realistic. Under the reformer’s influence it became more so.
St Edith Stein tells the story of how "a small group of nuns and visitors" in 1560 began to discuss with St Teresa the idea of establishing a new monastery in Avila
"I would have given a thousand lives to save one soul"
On 24th August 1562, Saint Teresa of Avila founded the first monastery of her Discalced Carmelite reform in Avila, Spain under the patronage of Saint Joseph. Do you know why? Because there was a crisis in the Church!