Thursday, September 4, 2014

St. Teresa of Avila: Salve Regina, Nada de Turbe

A friend shared this YouTube link to a virtual choir performance by members of the Carmelite Order. It's "Salve Regina" and is very relaxing; it pulls you away from some of the awful world events.

Here is another favorite Carmelite link, Nada de Turbe:

These productions are part of the celebration of St. Teresa of Avila's forthcoming 500th anniversary in March 2015.

Having attended St. Theresa's College, I heard a lot about St. Teresa of Avila, but what I remember most are two of her quotes.

The first one is what she told God when she was bucked off her horse into a river on the way to visit one of her monasteries: If this is the way you treat your friends, it's no wonder you have so few.

She also said:

Let nothing trouble you,
let nothing frighten you.
All things are passing;
God never changes.
Patience obtains all things.
He who possesses God lacks nothing:
God alone suffices.
Here is her bio from

Saint Teresa of Avila, also called Teresa of Jesus, was a prominent Carmelite nun in Spain, a reformer, founder, spiritual thinker and contemplative.

Born in the Spanish town of Ávila on 28th March 1515, she was baptised Teresa Sánchez de Cepeda y Ahumada. She entered the Carmelite Order ...

She wrote profoundly on the Christian life, especially on prayer. Her books, which are regarded as not only classic works of Christian mysticism but also as key texts of Spanish Renaissance literature, include her autobiography (The Book of Her Life), The Way of Perfection, and The Interior Castle

Living during the Counter Reformation, she was a reformer of the Carmelite Order and is considered the founder (along with St. John of the Cross) of the Discalced or Teresian Carmelites.

Teresa died on 4th March 1582. Forty years after her death, in 1622, she was canonised by Pope Gregory XV.

In 1970 Teresa was declared a Doctor of the Church by Pope Paul VI.

Read also
School Life in the Philippines in the 60s
The Schools I Attended, Part 1 St. Theresa's College 
The Schools I Attended, Part 2, UP & Maryknoll
The Schools I Attended, Part 3, UCLA

tags: Carmelites, St. Teresa of Avila, Teresa of Jesus, Catholic, saint, mystic, doctor of church, Salve Regina, Nada de Turbe, music, virtual choir, Catholic

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