January 1st, 2015

5th Centenary of the Birth of St. Teresa of Ávila commemorated by Spanish Post


FindYourStampsValue.com got to know that Spanish Post is issuing a self-adhesive stamp to commemorate the 5th Centenary of the Birth of St. Teresa of Ávila, tracing the story of the founder of the Discalced Carmelites. The item shows a detail of the sculpture The Ecstasy of St. Teresa, by Gian Lorenzo Bernini. The issue will be released on the 5th of January 2015.

Teresa de Cepeda y Ahumada, known as Saint Teresa de Jesús or de Ávila, was the daughter of Alfonso Sánchez de Cepeda and Beatriz de Ahumada, both from noble Castilian families.

In 1562 Saint Teresa founded the first convent of the Discalced Carmelites, the convent of San José in Ávila, following the principles of absolute poverty which governed the order. For five years this was the only convent of the Discalced Carmelites.

Later she began a period of intense activity devoted to prayer, founding new convents and working to further the cause of reform. From 1567 until her death, she founded convents in Medina del Campo, Malagón, Valladolid, Toledo, Pastrana, Salamanca etc. Meanwhile, she attempted the religious reform of the Carmelite monks, working with Saint John of the Cross.

She recorded her life and spiritual development in works such as La Vida, Las Fundaciones, Las Moradas and Castillo Interior. Teresa of Ávila was beatified in 1614 and canonised in 1622. In 1970 she was proclaimed a Doctor of the Church by Pope Paul VI, one of the only four female Doctors of the Church.

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