Patron saint for headaches crippled by mental illness

Roman Catholic Saint Teresa of Avila had mental problems and inflicted her self with various torture.

Pain and sufferings, or ecstacy? The life of Teressa Avila seems to have been rather miserable full of demonic activities, sickness and pain.

Teresa de Cepeda y Ahumada was born in 1515 in Gotarrendura, in the province of Ávila, Spain. Her paternal grandfather, Juan de Toledo, was a marrano (Jewish forced-convert to Christianity). He was condemned by the Spanish Inquisition for allegedly returning to the Jewish faith.

Her father, Alonso Sánchez de Cepeda, bought a knighthood and successfully assimilated into Christian society.

Different websites records the life of Teressa of Avila to be full of mental pain. Still she was canonized, and made patron saint for all who have headaches.

In 1622, forty years after her death, she was canonized by Pope Gregory XV. In 1970 she was named a “Doctor of the Church” by Pope Paul VI.

This is what wikipedia has recorded:

 Around 1556, various friends suggested that her newfound knowledge was diabolical, not divine. She began to inflict various tortures and mortifications of the flesh upon herself. But her confessor, the Jesuit Saint Francis Borgia, reassured her of the divine inspiration of her thoughts. On St. Peter’s Day in 1559, Teresa became firmly convinced that Jesus Christ presented himself to her in bodily form, though invisible. These visions lasted almost uninterrupted for more than two years.

Source: Wikipedia

Like so many Roman Catholic “saints”, the corpse of Teresa of Avila was exhumed, and cut into pieces. Their remains have been kept at different places. Here are some pictures.

In a BBC program her dried heart was exposed, kept inside her convent in Spain.

The "holy" dried heart cut out from the remains of a woman with serious health problems.

Source of the picture of the dried heart: One and two.

There are other interesting relics too. Like a “holy arm”.

The "holy arm" of Teressa Avila, a doctor of the Roman Catholic Church.

The convent keep the "Holy items of Teresa for adoration and veneration.

The website sacred-destinations.com has recorded a list of relics to be adored and venerated. One of the “Holy objects” is the sole of one of her sandals.

 The Sala de Reliquias contains the relics of St. Teresa and St. John of the Cross. The exhibit of St. Teresa’s relics include a finger from her right hand, the sole of one of her sandals, her rosary beads and a cord she used to flagellate herself. Also on the site is a small garden where St. Teresa played as a young girl.

Source: Sacred destinations

A lot of "holy relics" are displayed in Spain.

For all who are interested in “holy items”, here is a list of objects of St Teresa of Avila recorded on one website:

1. Item used by St. Teresa
2. Cloth used by St. Teresa
3. Chest of turtleshell and silver owned by St. Teresa
4. Bone fragment of St. John of the Cross
5. Rose petals touched to the body of St. Teresa
6. Staff used by St. Teresa in her last years
7. Autograph fragments of St. Teresa
8. Phial containing blood of St. Teresa
9. Sole of St. Teresa’s sandal
10. Ring finger of St. Teresa’s right hand
11. Saints rosary.

Source: Ichrusa.com

Getty Images has recorded one of her “holy fingers” in the collection of De Agostini.

A "Holy finger' coated with gold, and kept for veneration.

You have to go close to see the difference between the gold fingers and the bony one. The gold pen looks a little bit misplaced.

Wikipedia has recorded an explanation of her mental illness. There is also a possibility of the pain being mixed up with Eastern spiritualism, like a strange and painful Yoga based out of the body experience.

The fourth is the “devotion of ecstasy or rapture,” a passive state, in which the consciousness of being in the body disappears (2 Corinthians 12:2-3).

Sense activity ceases; memory and imagination are also absorbed in God or intoxicated.

Body and spirit are in the throes of a sweet, happy pain, alternating between a fearful fiery glow, a complete impotence and unconsciousness, and a spell of strangulation, intermitted sometimes by such an ecstatic flight that the body is literally lifted into space.

This after half an hour is followed by a reactionary relaxation of a few hours in a swoon-like weakness, attended by a negation of all the faculties in the union with God.

From this the subject awakens in tears; it is the climax of mystical experience, productive of the trance.

(Indeed, she was said to have been observed levitating during Mass on more than one occasion

(The Interior Castle St Teresa Of Avila translated by Mirabai Starr.)

Source: Wikipedia

My comment:

The Pope never fails in regards to whom He declare a “saint”.  So the sainthood is not revocable, regardless if the person later on was found to be mentally disturbed or disabled.

I am not sure who is most in need of medial attention. The Pope who hail a “holy sole of a sandal”, or the owner of the sandal who for two years were presented with a “Jesus” in bodily form, but invisible. This kind of concept is best understandable by people who smoke grass, or are dealing in the occult realms.

I pray that all people with mental illnesses will be saved by the mercy and grace of Jesus. And may all who take advantages of them, and cut their exhumed corpses into pieces, face the most stern judgment.

 Matthew 23:33
You snakes! You brood of vipers! How will you escape being condemned to hell?

Written by Ivar

36 responses to “Patron saint for headaches crippled by mental illness

  1. This stuff ought to be on INTERNATIONAL TV (smile) for all to see the craziness…deadly deception…but hey..wait..all denominations are on INTERNATIONAL TV and people run to their favorite ‘feel good god’ and learn ” The Steps of how to” even get riches in this earth and be so rich in heaven they can choose what Nation, Mansions they want.. before their favorite profit (oops) prophet returns or rewards to abuse 72 virgins in heaven. It’s now ‘don’t hurt’ anyone’s feelings, a social gospel that allows professed atheist join the church, as well join the world in hating Israel while they see who can sin the worst for Pharaoh passes more laws to say it’s OK..God don’t mind what you do just ask the Gay Bishops, the political party of your choice.. yeah it is very important that we no longer say Earth is going hell in a ‘hand-basket’…It’d have to be in a Larger Doggie Bag. Will there be faith when Jesus returns?? Will they even know how to spell faith! Will it even be in the dictionary? Will Pharaoh have it remove because it requires loyalty, belief, trust, virtue, (oops) ..that word virtue would offend many!! Lord Jesus Come Quickly! Sir, Come Quickly Lord Jesus! Pray my brothers & sisters in Christ Jesus, Pray, then Pray without ceasing!

  2. Dear Ivar.

    Shalom.

    These levitations have been witnessed by others, so there is a real spiritual dimention here. It’s not all in her head. People have reported other “Saints” levitating. Of course it is demonic.

    • Dear Sue.

      Shalom.

      Good to see you. My mother was into yoga and mediation. One blue shiny day Jesus called her, and she threw her yoga books in the dustbin. She confirm the spiritual side, even flying in the room out of the body. The spirit of Kundalini is real.

      The problem we face today, is that many “Christians” worship the spirit of Kundalini. They call this spirit the “holy spirit”. They claim that “Jeuss” is with them, and that all Christians must feel this kind of power.

      That even Roman Catholics have experienced Kundalini, is beyond doubt. They have invited witch craft doctor’s to guide the RCC Charismatic camp. They are involved in the ecumenical movement, and in particular the Oasis movement.

      There is massive deception going on inside the Church. Few people today teach about Jesus end time warning: WATCH OUT.

  3. Think she should be a well known and well used “saint.” Madness never ceases to amaze, and mock the one true God. His judgment is indeed correct and well deserved. Come
    Lord Yeshua come

  4. And thanks Ivar for answering my question. Could never believed that there was one. But of course … the more the merrier as the pope seems to think.

  5. I don’t see how being mentally can prevent one from being a “saint” in the catholic church. Evangelicals believe that Jesus may or maY NOT REMOVE THE ILLNESS. It may be one’s cross to bear. She may have been bipolar. I know a few brethren in Christ who are bipolar. And one who was delivered. Doesn’t make her more holy.

    • Dear Ant Writes.

      Shalom.

      It is not a mortal sin to be bipolar. It is not only because of sins, people are sick. But when Roman Catholic priests become mad, it will very often be a fruit of blessing evil and wickedness, and presented sin and sins as acts of “holiness”. We must be very careful when we handle the topic of sickness and sins. If God has put madness into the brain of a human being, it is only He who can remove the curse. No man should try to curse what God has blessed. And man must be careful not to try to revoke the discipline and rebukes of Jesus the Messiah. People who are not willing to repent, are lost, and will be lost.

      The heretic doctrines of the Word of Faith movement, place man in the seat of God. What man utters, God will have to do. Such foolish teaching, makes “Christians” feel that “perfect faith”, can led to the perfect understanding of what God has done, are doing, and will do in the future. Even God’s timing of his actions. Reject such falsehood.

      We only understand in parts. When we pray into the will of Jesus, our prayers are answered. A man who claim he always gets his desires and prayers answered, is a con man and a liar.

      • I know many things in the medical field has been by the blessings of the Lord’s allowing them to learn them…however..and that is not a but…many children are grown now and under the addiction of drugs from the push on the newest accepted illnesses…children in the 70’s were pushed with drugs to ‘keep them quiet’…’keep them under control’…the bipolar one as well as several other things that were sins, are now diseases…and not all …yet many ”use” this I’m Bipolar so now, matter what they do is an excuse…as old as Teresa was I would not be a bit surprised if she was ridden with ‘what we use to call it’…Old Age…today they call it ‘Dementia’….nice name…”Demented”….sounds like a Demon to me! and they too are piped with more drugs than Carter has liver pills! Yet The Word of God speaks about this illness as well.. I think God has His hands in this far more than given credit also, for these ‘remember’ what many don’t want to remember (smile)..we need to listen to some of these Older folks we’d learn some real knowledge about The Lord God…(smile)

    • When, When, When for the Love of God will the Catholics understand that no one can make anyone a Saint…Jesus already did that…they think the Pope makes people Saints..HOGSPIT…a Lie from the Pit of Hell…They need to know A Man born in Israel, went to a tormented Calvary’s Cross for humanities sins and rebellion against God..it was prophesied ”thousands of years before the degenerate Catholic Church was spawned out of Satan’s Hell’ belly”… His Name is JESUS …He and no one else, His redemptive work, is what make men, women Saints…no one else, not even the ones He calls Saints has any thing to do with it..it’s all about Jesus Christ.. And these would rather trust in this sickness dangerous faith rather than believe and trust in the Only Living Lord of Glory, Jesus Christ…

  6. “Shalom”.

    Now I know why all this blasphemous, Anti-Catholic drivel is being produced. Nice try, judens. The blind, prideful evangelicals love your kind, but true Catholics (who do not recognize the false Jew-worshipping “Popes” of today) know that Jews are the sons of Satan, and do the will of their father the devil. You are the tares amongst the wheat, and will be cut down and burned, for all eternity.

    St. Therese, though you may have been descended from a wicked Jew, you surely will have more pity than I ever will for these evil, perfidious sons of Satan; may you pray for their conversion in my place, as well as for the poor, deceived protestant heretics and false “Catholics” who in their pride and arrogance call truth “lies” and lies “truth”. May Holy Mary and her most chaste spouse St. Joseph pray for the conversion of these wicked infidels, perfidious jews, and all those other poor sinners who are in darkness, Amen.

    Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us, especially poor deluded heretics who are the pawns of Thine enemy, Satan and his Jews!

    • You said…”Now I know why all this blasphemous, Anti-Catholic drivel is being produced. Nice try, judens”

      Matthew 23:9 And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is
      your Father, which is in heaven.

      Mark 3:35 For whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister, and mother.

      Edna, May The Lord rebuke thee.

      • Once again You’re whacked out of your mind girl. A valid point in an arguement can still be valid yet the whole arguement be made false by an invalid point.

      • 1Corinthians 5:6 Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump?

      • Yes one lie makes the whole of the arguement invalid but does nothing to the facts that are true. And if the arguement can stand after the errors are removed it is valid. Rules of logic…

      • Ed, yeah No doubt!! I’ve always heard, Ya don’t pull Superman’s Cape, Ya don’t Spit against the wind, Ya don’t pull the whiskers of a Man-eating Tiger, …..however, …(smile)
        When The Lord says ”Vengeance is Mine saith The Lord” you’d fare better with the above (smile)….if you got any smarts about you at all, you’d kind-of run to repent..ya think? Yet He does tell us that they will get very angry at Him, Israel, and the Christians…Wow!
        Read what HE says HE will do…

        Zechariah 14:11And men shall dwell in it, and there shall be no more utter destruction; but Jerusalem shall be safely inhabited.

        Zechariah 14:12 And this shall be the plague wherewith the LORD will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem; Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet, and their eyes shall consume away in their holes, and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth.

        OUCH!!!

      • Edna has some valid points, but 99% of the bible both old and new is about the Jews. The Gentiles are just a grafted branch. So it’s easy to say Jesus was referring to the non believing Jews when he said your father is Satan. But the reason he said they were non believing and their father was Satan is because they loved the things Satan loves, lying, murder, money and all manner of evil. So he meant spiritual father and anyone who loved the same things would fall into the same catagory.

      • Anyone who comes against The Word of God does NOT have a valid point!! Regardless if they refer to Gentiles or Jews or the local cat and dog fight. God is not a liar. He is not swayed by popular opinion. It is ‘His Word’…Where were we when HE slung the stars in the Heavens? Do we feed the wild animals in the desert, woods, mountains? Do we tell a fly to fly into or away from the Spiders Web. It is foolish of any man, woman or child to assume what is contrary to God’s Word to justify anything. Contrary to God’s Word is the person lending their tongue to Satan.. Period! Let God be True and every man a Liar. Also think not that we who were grafted in the Vine will not feel what the go thru! Think not that the Root of that branch that holds the Vine, does not know every crook and cranny of that vine. !!

    • Edna,

      Your words reveal who you are, the adversary of Christ. Jesus rebuke you, satan! Return to your place bond in Hell, you lying demon, chained until your final judgment in the LAKE OF FIRE for eternity.

      “Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve” (Matthew 4:10).

      May Jesus rebuke your false idols, false gods, false catholicism, false popes, false “mary”, false saints, false “versions” of the Bible, and a deluded, evil and twisted mind.

      “Open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me'” (Actis 26:18).

      • Hello Andrea!

        Thank you for the greeting. Hope things are going well with you.

        I feel as I have just emerged from a VERY dark night of the soul, a place of total deprivation, reminding me and impressing upon me the lessons learned from the passage in Matthew 4:1-11 where satan attempted to tempt Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane.

        I might write more about it if I have time, praying that the trial is now over.

        God bless you, my dear.

        Come quickly Lord Jesus! Let us enter into thy rest.

      • Dear Ivar,

        Shalom.

        When Ed praised Edna for her “valid points” and then said to Andrea, “You’re whacked out of your mind girl” because she spoke the truth when she said, “anyone who comes against The Word of God does NOT have a valid point!” — he showed us that the has been enticed by seducing spirits and false doctrine — whether he agreed with all or only part of Edna’s blasphemous post. This makes him an enemy of the cross of Christ.

        “RECEIVE THESE NOT INTO YOUR HOUSE, NEITHER BID THEM GOD SPEED.”

        I won’t apologize or come into agreement with vile doctrines but rather rebuke them. We are not to “receive them into our houses” or to entertain them as religious teachers; we are not to commend them to others, or to give them any reason to influence others propagating error. We are to be honest, true, kind, and just, but we are to do nothing that will countenance them as religious teachers, nor aid their false instruction.

        Ban me from your site if you like and allow the likes of “Ed” to spread error and attempt to deceive. I will NEVER bow to satan nor will I ever apologize for defending the Gospel.

      • Dear JM.

        Shalom.

        I will not spam you. Just want you to correct the readers of this blog in love. We both make mistakes, and need mercy and grace. Both from Jesus, and from people around us.

      • JM Amen, Amen indeed…

        1Corinthians 5:11 But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.

        This was ‘to and about a Man ”IN” the Church…not In the World (though he was carnally minded )….yet he was ‘allowed’ to remain in and among the body of Christ….Few very few will use this scripture that is full of Mercy for the offender, to not be sent to Hell…it is the last and final act anyone walking in the love of Christ they can do to help this person..whoever they may be…Yet many will excuse and allow this to remain among them rather than follow ‘direct orders’ from The Spirit of The Lord thru Paul. It is not something that is done lightly nor, without many prayers to the Lord ‘for’ this person. And the reward The Spirit of The Lord gives us is ‘perchance’ they will repent..and we are to let them back in the fold.

      • He wasn’t talking to all Jews when he said ” You are the synagogue of Satan” but he was talking to certain members of the Jews, The crooked ones. And I’m saying that applies to the crooked Gentiles too. As leavening goes, the catholic church does nothing to expel the immoral from their midst, not according to the news. The do everything to protect their child molesting priests. They do not seperate themselves from them as Paul says to do.

    • Ed said:

      “Yes one lie makes the whole of the arguement invalid but does nothing to the facts that are true. And if the arguement can stand after the errors are removed it is valid. Rules of logic…”

      How pathetic Ed, that your pride and ego spurs you on to win an argument in spite of the fact that it’s SATAN you are defending.

      You obviously know nothing about logic and even less about the Bible.

      “A carnal Christian is led by the flesh, manipulated by lust and destroyed by pride. Carnality puts enmity between the carnal Christian and God.”

      • How wrong of you to accuse me of those things. I took logic and did very well at it, and It’s nothing to do with pride or ego either, I just like the truth. Know quite a lot about the bible also, enough to know to check out the quote to see in what context it was made. And it was not in any context of determining truth, it was in the context of having nothing to do with an immoral person who calls themself a brother.

      • Dear JM.

        Shalom.

        You wrote to Ed:

        You obviously know nothing about logic and even less about the Bible.

        My comment:

        I do not agree with all comments made by Ed, but I try to use verses from the Bible to explain my case. I feel this line was a hit below the belt. Kindly consider an apology.

    • Dear Edna.

      Shalom.

      Your message is full of Jew hate. Do not forget that:

      1. Your Bible is a Jewish book.

      2. All the Law makers and prophets in the Bible were Jews.

      3. The Mother of Jesus was a Jewish virgin.

      4. The Messiah Jesus was a Jew from the tribe of Judah.

      5. All the writes of the gospel were Jews, less Luke, who might have been a gentile.

      6. All the disciples were Jews. So were all the Apostles.

      You need to repent from your antisemitic ideology, or perish.

  7. u should take some time and read Theresa of avila’s autobiography ( which she wrote under obedience) or the the way of perfection..or the interior castle. You will see that she was a woman whole loved Jesus with every fiber of her being and spent everyday longing to be w him. She dedicated her life to Jesus and spent the majority of her days contemplating his sacrifice and suffering, worshipping him and doubting why she, a poor sinner should be so blessed. She strove to do nothing that would displease Jesus reviewing every action, thought, look and word of her day so as to not hurt him. She made loving him the sole focus of every waking moment and longed to be with him. She herself feared that her mystical encounters could be deceptions from the devil and begged Jesus to do what he would with her so long as it would make her love him more. God tells us that with faith all things are possible, that to those who knock the door shall be opened. Yet all these people sit in judgement of her and say what happened to her cannot be from God. We would rather call her crazy. Yes, she was crazy- crazy for Jesus, a fool to the worldly. We would rather discredit her intimate relationship w Jesus. It is easy to feel like good followers of Christ next to unbelievers. It is harder to look at ourselves next to the truly holy-those that said Jesus take everything I have. I love u so much that I am going to spend the rest of my life worshipping u every minute, in every thought, word and deed. For its easier to call her a fraud or disturbed than to acknowledge that she dedicated her life to Christ in a way that none of us have done. I hardly think it wise to pass judgement on a 15century nun that gave her whole self to Jesus. We should strive to be holy but we must humble ourselves 1st.

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