The Interior Castle


Read by Ann Boulais

(4.7 stars; 53 reviews)

El Castillo Interior or Las Moradas (trans.:The Interior Castle or The Mansions) was written by Saint Teresa of Ávila in 1577. After being ordered to write her autobiographical La Vida de la Santa Madre Teresa de Jesús (The Life of S. Teresa of Jesus), Teresa was hesitant to begin writing again on her views of the perfection found in internal prayer. In the hands of the Inquisition at that time, her Life was commonly believed to be the weight in the scale of whether to call her experiences heretical or not. Her humility and claims that, “I am not meant for writing; I have neither the health nor the wits for it,” almost prevented Teresa from composing The Interior Castle. However, according to a letter written by Fray Diego, one of Teresa’s former confessors, Teresa was finally convinced to write her book after a she received a vision from God. Diego wrote that God revealed to Teresa,

"...a most beautiful crystal globe, made in the shape of a castle, and containing seven mansions, in the seventh and innermost of which was the King of Glory, in the greatest splendour, illumining and beautifying them all. The nearer one got to the centre, the stronger was the light; outside the palace limits everything was foul, dark and infested with toads, vipers and other venomous creatures."

With that, Interior Castle was born. It contained the basis for what she felt should be the ideal journey of faith, comparing the contemplative soul to a castle with seven successive interior courts, or chambers, analogous to the seven heavens. Teresa's consumption of chivalric romances as a child subsequently influenced such imagery, which is prevalent in many of her mystical works. It is also not unduly speculative that living in a walled city like Ávila must have influenced her thinking. The concept of an "interior" life is still important in Spanish thinking in the twenty-first century.

An English translation was published in London in 1852. (from wikipedia.org) (7 hr 10 min)

Chapters

Preface 1 12:53 Read by Ann Boulais
Preface 2 16:52 Read by Ann Boulais
The First Mansion, Chapter I 10:53 Read by Ann Boulais
The First Mansion, Chapter II 21:53 Read by Ann Boulais
The Second Mansion, Chapter I 15:54 Read by Ann Boulais
The Third Mansion, Chapter I 12:35 Read by Ann Boulais
The Third Mansion, Chapter II 16:36 Read by Ann Boulais
The Fourth Mansion, Chapter I 15:01 Read by Ann Boulais
The Fourth Mansion, Chapter II 10:52 Read by Ann Boulais
The Fourth Mansion, Chapter III 18:37 Read by Ann Boulais
The Fifth Mansion, Chapter I 14:09 Read by Ann Boulais
The Fifth Mansion, Chapter II 16:10 Read by Ann Boulais
The Fifth Mansion, Chapter III 13:43 Read by Ann Boulais
The Fifth Mansion, Chapter IV 11:54 Read by Ann Boulais
The Sixth Mansion, Chapter I 16:16 Read by Ann Boulais
The Sixth Mansion, Chapter II 10:34 Read by Ann Boulais
The Sixth Mansion, Chapter III 18:45 Read by Ann Boulais
The Sixth Mansion, Chapter IV 17:30 Read by Ann Boulais
The Sixth Mansion, Chapter V 12:05 Read by Ann Boulais
The Sixth Mansion, Chapter VI 15:16 Read by Ann Boulais
The Sixth Mansion, Chapter VII 18:48 Read by Ann Boulais
The Sixth Mansion, Chapter VIII 13:34 Read by Ann Boulais
The Sixth Mansion, Chapter IX 18:06 Read by Ann Boulais
The Sixth Mansion, Chapter X 7:36 Read by Ann Boulais
The Sixth Mansion, Chapter XI 13:01 Read by Ann Boulais
The Seventh Mansion, Chapter I 11:58 Read by Ann Boulais
The Seventh Mansion, Chapter II 13:46 Read by Ann Boulais
The Seventh Mansion, Chapter III 14:25 Read by Ann Boulais
The Seventh Mansion, Chapter IV 20:39 Read by Ann Boulais

Reviews

Inspiration for the soul


(5 stars)

Very well read. Stunning to realize how humble the Saint was.

Maria


(5 stars)

There is much to meditate upon the spiritual truth contained in this book

Deep Deep! but Holy and true. Would be good to read it twice.


(4 stars)

Classic


(5 stars)

slightly robotic reading but still captures the heart of a saint

l love it


(5 stars)

well read. thank you