A cornerstone book on mystical theology, Interior Castle describes the seven stages of union with God. Using everyday language to explain difficult theological concepts, Teresa of Avila compares the contemplative life to a castle with seven chambers. Tracing the passage of the soul through each successive chamber, she draws a powerful picture of the path toward spiritual perfection. It is the most sublime and mature of Teresa’s works, offering profound and inspiring reflections on such subjects as self-knowledge, humility, detachment, and suffering.
One of the most celebrated works on mystical theology in existence, as timely today as when St Teresa of Avila wrote it centuries ago, this is a treasury of unforgettable maxims on self-knowledge and fulfilment.
Teresa of Avila
St Teresa of Jesus was born in 1515 in Avila, Spain and entered the Carmelite convent of the Incarnation in 1535, against the wishes of her father. During a serious illness, she practiced mental prayer and started receiving intellectual visions and locutions from Our Lord which continued for the rest of her life. Together with St John of the Cross, she began a reform movement which stressed a return to a traditional rule of poverty and simplicity for Carmelites. St Teresa died on 4 October 1582 in Alba de Torres. She was canonised along with St Ignatius of Loyola, St Francis Xavier, and St Phillip Neri in 1622 by Pope Gregory XV.
E. Allison Peers
E. Allison Peers (7 May 1891 - 21 December 1952) is the translator of many great works of Spanish verse and mysticism.