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Autobiography of St. Teresa of Avila Paperback – Jun 23 2010
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Teresa of Avila was born in Spain. She entered the Carmelita Order at the age of 20.
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St. Teresa's humility and bare honesty are so refreshing and encouraging, particularly in contrast to what appears today in popular writing, most especially anything on the internet. She speaks truth for today when she says, "I am sometimes astonished at the harm which can be caused by bad company; if I had not experienced it I could not believe it. This is especially so when one is young, for it is then that the evil done is greatest. I wish parents would be warned by me and consider this very carefully." She writes similarly of the dangers of too much freedom given to people who are prone to succumbing to bad influences around them (writing about herself as a young nun, that she wished she had been held closer to the convent). More good advice for parents!
St. Teresa also wrote of the harm done to her soul by being told sins she knew were serious were not serious, and sometimes told they were not sins at all. Amazing! This is exactly what happens today when we do not call sin what it is, but excuse it and thereby many souls just sink deeper into their own ways of thinking and doing, leading them further and further away from God.