St. Peter of Alcantara was born at Alcantara, Spain of noble descent in 1499. When he was fourteen, he was sent to the University of Salamanca, and enrolled with the Franciscans in 1515. After founding a new community of the Stricter Observance for Badajoz, he became a priest in 1524, and his preaching afterwards was met with great success. St. Peter often went into spiritual ecstasy and levitation, but he also found the time to compose various spiritually-based letters, and his Treatise on Prayer and Meditation was published by TAN in 2009. He also served as spiritual director for St. Teresa of Avila and was able to work miracles. He died while kneeling on the eighteenth of October, 1562, and was canonized in 1669 by Pope Clement IX.