TERESA OF AVILA
vision, Teresa of Avila saw three souls go straight to heaven without
passing purgatory. One was St. Peter Alcantara, the other was Father
Pedro Ivagnes and the third was a Carmelite friar. Commenting on the
last, Teresa said: "I suppose more is required for a religious man to
enter heaven than merely wearing the habit; he has to live by the spirit and
faithful observance of his holy rule."
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Avila attributed the good opinion which others then had of her to her own
cunning and hypocrisy.
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means by which Teresa of Avila preserved her soul: Firstly, she had a
constant and tender charity and goodness towards all persons;
secondly, she had an extreme dread and abhorrence of the least shadow of