The Interior Castle or The Mansions & Exclamations of the Soul To God by Saint Teresa of Avila


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London: Thomas Baker, 1906. First edition. 353 pages. Translated by The Benedictines of Stanbrook. Introduction, notes & index by Benedict Zimmerman. Previous owner pen inscription to front-end paper, front hinge slightly weakened though binding remains firm, corners bumped, spine faded. Overall, a very good copy. 

The Interior Castle or The Mansions & Exclamations of the Soul To God Translated From The Autograph of Saint Teresa.

"I began to think of the soul as a castle made of a single diamond, in which there are many rooms, just as in Heaven there are many mansions."

'The works of a Saint Teresa Of Avila (1515-1582) are extraordinary mystical writings of the Christian tradition. Written in 1577, but not published in English until 1852, The Interior Castle is considered one of the greatest works of Catholic spiritual prose. 

It describes the seven concentric groups of mansions within the soul, each aligned to one of the seven heavens.

"There is a secret place. A radiant sanctuary. As real as your own kitchen. More real than that. 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. A wine cellar offering an intoxi cation so sweet you will never be sober again. A clarity so complete you will never again forget. 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.”