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