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Born within the Castilian city of Avila in 1515, Teresa entered the Carmelite convent of the Incarnation whilst she used to be twenty-one. stricken by affliction, doubts and self-recrimination, she steadily got here to acknowledge the facility of prayer and contemplation—her religious enlightenment used to be intensified via many visions and mystical reviews, together with the piercing of her middle through a spear of divine love. She went directly to came across seventeen Carmelite monasteries all through Spain. Teresa constantly denied her personal saintliness, notwithstanding, announcing in a letter: "There isn't any recommendation of that nonsense approximately my intended sanctity." This frank account is likely one of the nice tales of a spiritual existence and a literary masterpiece—after Don Quixote, it truly is Spain's most generally learn prose classic.

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