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The Interior Castle: Study Edition

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The Interior Castle:
Study Edition

Teresa of Avila 
Translated by Kieran Kavanaugh, OCD 
and Otilio Rodriguez, OCD 
Prepared by Kieran Kavanaugh, OCD
and Carol Lisi, OCDS

The Interior Castle is considered St. Teresa of Avila’s masterpiece. She wrote this last work in just a few months in 1577, five years before her death. At this point in her life she had been granted the highest mystical graces; this book is the fruit of her lived experience and a deep-felt praise of God for it.      

More than a book, The Interior Castle is a powerful image of the mystery of the human person. It is, in a very real sense, Teresa’s soul. Using the image of a castle, Teresa describes the soul’s progressive inner journey through seven dwelling places, until finally reaching the center where, now transformed, it is united with God.

This study edition is designed as a springboard to reading and understanding Teresa’s text. It includes interpretive notes, questions for reflection, a glossary of terms, and a biblical index.

  • ICS code: ISE
  • Format: paperback
  • Pages: 484
  • ISBN: 978-0-935216-80-6

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The book presents a chapter of The Interior Castle itself, followed by a review of the development of her thought and the principal ideas in each chapter.
Interpretive notes after each chapter cover doctrine, history, and sociology.
Questions for reflection and/or discussion conclude each chapter.
A glossary of terms offers definitions as well as their specific and sometimes unique meaning in Teresa’s writings.
• Then, because Teresa always wanted her writings to be in harmony with Scripture, the study edition offers a biblical index that lists by page number scriptural texts or allusions to them found in Teresa’s writings.

With its combination of Teresa’s text and modern commentary and notes, The Interior Castle Study Edition demonstrates how contemporary church teachings are reflected in Teresa’s basic concepts and principles of the spiritual life, and how modern readers can apply these perennially rich teachings to our lives today.