After the marriage was dissolved, Teresa returned to her estate at Lorvao in Portugal and funded a monastery on her property. Later, she replaced the monks with 300 nuns following the Cistercian Rule, and she lived with them, though she did not take vows until later.
Why do I care if I am related to this saint or that saint? The thing is this: The saints are not really dead. They have exited the physical world and moved on to another, spiritual realm and if I am related to any of them, I like to direct requests for intercessory prayer to them. Hey...I need all the help I can get, and I am counting on them to be interested in their descendants and relations.
Today I commune with Teresa of Portugal and I recommend her to you, as well.
God bless us all.
Silver "Rose" S. Parnell