I'd be slacking on this Feast Day of St. Teresa of Avila not to say a few words about this great Saint and her great city. As my two older girls and my mother were traveling in Spain and Portugal last summer, one of our first out trips from Madrid was to Avila. A beautiful train ride through the countryside brought us to an old walled city where a short walking tour led us to the Basilica of St. Vincent, the Monastery of St. Thomas and the Cathedral of Avila. Teresa was a Carmelite and along with St. John of the Cross worked to reform the order back to the stricter rule. She published many great writings including Interior Castle, Way of Perfection and The Life of Teresa of Jesus. She is a Doctor of the Church.
“Remember that you have only one soul; that you have only one death to die; that you have only one life. . . . If you do this, there will be many things about which you care nothing.”