Interior Castle (Pure Gold Classics Series)
In this book the great Spanish nun Teresa of Avila describes her mystical vision of the Christian's spiritual journey. She sees the soul travelling through six mansions - of Humility, Prayer, Meditation, Quiet Illumination, and Dark Night - as it...
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In this book the great Spanish nun Teresa of Avila describes her mystical vision of the Christian's spiritual journey. She sees the soul travelling through six mansions - of Humility, Prayer, Meditation, Quiet Illumination, and Dark Night - as it approaches the centre of the interior castle, there to find union with God. 350 pages, from Bridge Logos.
The Pure Gold Classics series by Bridge Logos Publishers is a collection of beloved Christian classics that have endured changing civilizations, theologies, doctrines, and even changes in Christianity itself. Centuries of time and countless Christian lives have proved their value and the enduring truths that they contain of the kingdom of God and Jesus Christ. They continue to provide strong spiritual food for those who are hungry for the deep things of God.
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Interior Castle is an enduring classic unveiling a spiritual vision given to Teresa of Avila. It's a vision of profound mystical content, full of maxims on such subjects as humility, self-knowledge, detachment from worldly desires, abandonment to God, and experiencing the cleansing fires of the Holy Spirit.
At the age of seven, Teresa ran away from her home in Avila, hoping to be martyred at the hands of the Moors. As a teen, she secretly enjoyed reading novels of chivalry. Taught by Augustinian nuns, Teresa acquired a sense of religious vocation only gradually. Deciding to become a nun, she professed as a Carmelite of Avila in 1537. Although she became ill to the point of having wax applied to her eyes in preparation of death, she did not die, but she did leave the convent. Teresa later returned to the convent and, upon reading St. Augustine's Confessions, experienced a conversion at the age of 40. When she experienced visions and heard voices, she wondered at first if it was the work of the devil. She found comfort in Peter of Alcantara's assessment that her experiences were of a divine origin. Life as a Carmelite nun tended to be comfortable, but not dissolute. Inspired by her mystical experiences, Teresa took practical steps to reform the Carmelite order. In 1562 she founded a convent with a stricter regime of discipline than was common. She also organized a Discalced Carmelite monastery for men. In doing so, she met Juan de Yepes y Alvarez, known to us as the mystic St. John of the Cross, who became a fellow reformer. In all, she founded 16 reformed convents. Teresa's spirituality cannot be characterized in a word, but humility rather than honor was at its center. Her life of contemplation led to active service. Upon her death in 1582, her body remained preserved. This, along with other signs of saintliness, led to her canonization in 1622. In 1970, she was declared a "Doctor of the Church," the first woman in the history of the Catholic church to receive that honor. Her books, which include her autobiography, The Life of Teresa of Jesus, and her seminal work, The Interior Castle, are an integral part of Spanish Renaissance literature, as well as Christian mysticism and Christian meditation practice.