Teresa of Avila

Teresa of Avila was a Carmelite nun and author of an autobiography that is one of Spain’s most read books: The Life of Saint Teresa of Avila by Herself.

“In selecting candidates for this austere way of life, she insisted above all on intelligence and good judgement

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(God preserve us from stupid nuns!)

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because she believed that intelligent people see their faults and allow themselves to be guided,

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while deficient and narrow-minded people fail to do so,

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but are pleased with themselves and never learn to do right.”

Extract on Theresa of Avila (1515-82) taken from The Oxford Dictionary of Saints.

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