The heart of St. Teresa of Avila: Doctor of the Church, mystic, and reformer, she experienced a transverberation (a spiritual piercing) of the heart. She describes it this way:
“In [the angel’s] hands I saw a long golden spear and at the end of the iron tip I seemed to see a point of fire. With this he seemed to pierce my heart several times so that it penetrated to my entrails. When he drew it out, I thought he was drawing them out with it and he left me completely afire with a great love for God.”
The heart is located in the convent in Alba de Tormes.
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