Even after 500 years, the ripple effect of St. Teresa of Avila is being felt all around the world. Her writings on prayer and loving Christ have become “classics” in mystical and Catholic literature. How has she effected you? Being a Doctor of the Church, we know her teachings have universal appeal…and not just to Catholics. Even today, new books are being written on her by philosophers, literary critics, historians, psychologists, spiritual directors, and ordinary people. As a mystic, she continues to be a trailblazer in growing in the spiritual life, sharing her prayers and her experiences so vividly that one is convinced of her authenticity. As a Reformer, she saw the value of returning to the primitive roots of Carmel, but also, challenging the status quo in regards to the value of the contemplative life and the call to mental prayer for all. Her value of Love and Friendship shows off her affability and affection that reached from the lowest to the highest of the classes in her time. As “La Madre” of the Discalced Carmelite Order, her appeal rings loud and clear as she provides solidarity with fellow travelers as well as guidance into the depths of intimacy with our Lord. Having founded 17 monasteries of nuns and 15 of the friars, she was a bedrock for all to build upon. Call upon her intercession. There’s no doubt she is still working to bring souls to Christ!