When we think of doctors, we tend first to think of medical doctors working in hospitals and medical centers, caring for sick people. However, there are many other kinds of doctors. Someone who has earned a doctorate in his or her field is seen as one who has achieved the most advanced degree in an academic discipline. Such doctors are regarded as authorities in their fields.
In the Catholic Church, there are several dozen—36 to be exact—saints who are Doctors of the Church. They have been given this honor because their theological and spiritual writings and teachings are considered some of the most important and timeless resources to advance the mission of the Church. One such Doctor of the Church is St. Teresa of Ávila, whose feast we celebrate on October 15. In this episode of Pop-Up Catechesis, we explore St. Teresa of Ávila, Doctor of the Church.
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