Teresa:  The Woman, The Guide and the Storyteller

Let Nothing Trouble You

St Teresa of Availa Centenary Year 1515 - 2015

by Fr Eugene McCaffrey OCD

This book explores the remarkable story of St Teresa of Avila and the influence of this charming, attractive, witty woman, who fits as easily into the twenty-first century as into the sixteenth.

Teresa belongs to everyone. She openly shares her humanity with us and teaches us how to make our own dreams come true.

Teresa of Avila lived well, prayed well and was as much at home in the kitchen as in the chapel.  She knew how to make poetry, music and dance from her spiritual experiences. 

Of the thousands of words written by her, few have struck such a universal cord throughout the centuries as the short, pithy lines of her 'Bookmark'.  They are her meditation on the daily struggle of her life. They resonate within our won lives and speak to our restless hearts: words of wisdom that echo down the years and reveal a woman of deep spirituality, fully human and fully alive, an earthy mystic who never lost the common touch.

Her words hold a universal truth and remind us that all things pass and the ultimate, unchanging truth is found within the hearts deep core, an immortal diamond, a world of beauty and wonder, waiting to be explored. 

Teresa of Avila was an inspirational woman and teacher of prayer who has left an incredible mark on the history of the Catholic Church and the world.


Eugene McCaffrey OCD is a Carmelite friar and a member of the Avila Centre of Spirituality in Dublin.  He has written a number of books on prayer and spirituality including:  Heart of Love, Patterns of Prayer, Let Yourself be Loved and The Writings of St Teresa of Avila: an Introduction.