St. Teresa of Avila’s Last Vision


The Ecstasy of Saint Teresa by Bernini, Basilica of Santa Maria della Vittoria, Rome.

“I saw an angel close by me, on my left side, in bodily form. He was not large, but small of stature and most beautiful – his face burning, as if he were one of the highest angels, who seem to be all of fire. I saw in his hand a long spear of gold, and at the iron’s point there seemed to be a little fire. He appeared to me to be thrusting it at times into my heart and to pierce my very entrails; when he drew it out, he seemed to draw them out also, and to leave me all on fire with a great love of God. The pain was so great that it made me moan; and yet so surpassing was the sweetness of this excessive pain that I could not wish to be rid of it. The soul is satisfied now with nothing less than God.”

Source: Sackville-West, V. (1973) The Eagle and the Dove: A study in contrasts Saint Teresa of Avila, Saint Therese of Lisieux. London: Quarter Books Limited.

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5 Responses to St. Teresa of Avila’s Last Vision

  1. expectantlylistening says:

    An amazing passage. I would love to pray with this. I’m not from a Catholic tradition and I so enjoy and appreciate all that you share here about your Saints. Very precious.

  2. Terry, I’m interested in the book you quote this from. Have you read all of it? What was your impression? My next writing project is probably going to be on Teresa of Avila and I’m looking for good sources. Thanks and God bless!

    • Hi Connie, it’s an old book. The first edition was printed in 1943. My spiritual director lent it to me for my spiritual reading. I am almost finished reading it. The author paints a thorough picture of the 2 saints (their personalities, spirituality, family background) and describes convent life in each of the 2 periods.

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