The Interior Castle Or The Mansions by Saint Teresa of Ávila


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A classic of Christian mysticism written by Saint Teresa of Ávila, a Spanish nun born in 1515. 

'There is a secret place. A radiant sanctuary... Constructed of the purest elements. Overflowing with the ten thousand beautiful things. Worlds within worlds. Forests, rivers. Velvet coverlets thrown over featherbeds, fountains bubbling beneath a canopy of stars. Bountiful forests, universal libraries... This magnificent refuge is inside you. Enter. Shatter the darkness that shrouds the doorway… Believe the incredible truth that the Beloved has chosen for his dwelling place the core of your own being because that is the single most beautiful place in all of creation.'

London & Glasgow: Sands & Co LTD, 1946. Fifth edition. Translated from the Spanish by a Benedictine of Stanbrook. Introduction & notes by Father Benedict Zimmerman. 255pp. Hardcover. Publishers tangerine cloth with black titles to spine, boards faded, spine sunned, corners rubbed, foxing to title pages with rest of text clean and unmarked. A very good copy.