St. Teresa of Avila

Saint Teresa of Avila (1515-1582) was a Spanish Carmelite Mystic and Doctor of the Church. Two of her most famous works include "The Way of Perfection" and "The Interior Castle."


The Interior Castle: The Gate of Meditation and Prayer

Now let us return to our beautiful and charming castle and discover how to enter it. This appears incongruous: if this castle is the soul, clearly no one can have to enter it, for it is the person himself: one might as well tell someone to go into a room he is already in! There…


The Interior Castle: Chapter 1

WHILE I was begging our Lord today to speak for me, since I knew not what to say nor how to commence this work which obedience has laid upon me, an idea occurred to me which I will explain, and which will serve as a foundation for that I am about to write. I thought…