Sunday, March 29, 2015

Austria 2015 - Teresa von Avila

ISSUE DATE: 28 March 2015
STAMP DESIGN: Dieter Kraus
PRINTER: Österreichische Staatsdruckerei 
PRINTING PROCESS: Offset-Stich (Etch-Art by OeSD)

It stands for wisdom, courage and strength and is considered one of the greatest mystics of the Christian faith. She was the first woman to be recognized by the Catholic Church as the Church. The Austrian Post is dedicating of St. Teresa of Avila, who never fell, despite their great creativity in complacency: "... for the Lord does not look so much on the size of the plants than on the love with which they are done." (Teresa of Ávila, "Houses of the inner castle"), a special stamp. Teresa Sánchez de Cepeda y Ahumada was born on March 28, 1515 in Castilian Ávila, the third of ten children. It was considered a cheerful, inquisitive and lively girl and was allowed to learn to read and write her father's wish. After the early death of her mother a convent of Augustinian Teresa took over education. In 1535, she found herself out of fear of domination by a possible husband, but also from fear of damnation for entry causes the Order of the Carmelites. The next years were marked by serious illness, depression or epilepsy may have caused their suffering, which was a low point in a coma for several days, followed by several years of paralysis. After her recovery occurred before an image of the suffering Christ for the first intense encounter with Jesus, more deep prayer experiences and visions, but also factors such as the death of her father led, according to legend, finally, to their final conversion and their experience of the infinite love of Jesus - 1556 they celebrated their mental engagement with Christ. Their visions were increasing, and their appeal was even stronger and clearer. Your desire to reform the Carmelite Order in accordance with the "Descalzos", the Discalced, 1562 was granted by Pope Pius IV., And saw the founding of the monastery of San José in Ávila. Five years later, she was able to found four more monasteries where the care of an intense relationship with God and humility, a fraternal lifestyle and letting go of the ego were declared to be the most important religious ideals; on radical interpretations as self-flagellation or severe penances they renounced. A total of 15 go nunneries, monasteries and 16 men a mission back to Teresa of Ávila. To their comprehensive written works include an autobiography, the headings "way of perfection", "The Book of start-ups" or "homes of the inner castle" that describe their impressive life, but also the depth of their spiritual experiences. For Teresa of Ávila prayer to God always meant a stay at a friend incarnate and experience of its undivided love. Your boldness also led to many problems with higher ecclesiastical authorities, to the exclusion of the church but it never came. Teresa of Avila died on October 4, 1582 Alba de Tormes, in 1614 she was beatified her canonization followed in 1622. As a memorial to her is dedicated to the 15th of October. The design of the special stamp shows the patron saint of Spain on a painting from the early 1900's, which is in the possession of Gmunden Karmelitinnenordens

Stamp images and description thanks to Austrian Post - Österreichische Post
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