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Interior Castle

Edited by E. Allison Peers

by Teresa of Avila

While I was beseech­ing Our Lord today…I began to think of the soul as if it were a cas­tle made of a sin­gle dia­mond or of very clear crys­tal, in which there are many rooms, just as in Heav­en there are many man­sions. — St. Tere­sa of Avila

A mas­ter­piece of spir­i­tu­al lit­er­a­ture, this six­teenth-cen­tu­ry work was inspired by a mys­ti­cal vision that came upon the revered St. Tere­sa of Avi­la, one of the most gift­ed and beloved reli­gious fig­ures in his­to­ry. St. Tere­sa’s vision was of a lumi­nous crys­tal cas­tle com­posed of sev­en cham­bers, or man­sions,” each rep­re­sent­ing a dif­fer­ent stage in the devel­op­ment of the soul.

In her most impor­tant and wide­ly read book, St. Tere­sa describes how, upon enter­ing the cas­tle through prayer and med­i­ta­tion, the human spir­it expe­ri­ences humil­i­ty, detach­ment, suf­fer­ing, and, ulti­mate­ly, self-knowl­edge, as it roams from room to room. As the soul pro­gress­es fur­ther toward the cen­ter of the cas­tle, it comes clos­er to achiev­ing inef­fa­ble and per­fect peace, and, final­ly, a divine com­mu­nion with God. 

A set of rare and beau­ti­ful teach­ings for peo­ple of all faiths desirous of divine guid­ance, this metic­u­lous mod­ern trans­la­tion by E. Alli­son Peers breathes con­tem­po­rary life into a reli­gious classic.


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