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St Teresa of Avila, by Peter Paul Rubens [1615] (Public Domain Image)

The Interior Castle

or The Mansions

by St. Teresa of Avila


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El Castillo Interior (The Interior Castle) or Las Moradas (The Mansions) was written by St. Teresa of Avila in 1577. According to contemporary accounts, St. Teresa had a revelation from God of a crystal globe in the shape of a castle containing seven mansions. This is St. Teresa's interpretation of that vision, describing the journey of faith through seven stages, ending with union with God.

Title Page and Front Matter

The First Mansions

Chapter I. Description of the Castle
Chapter II. The Human Soul.

The Second Mansions

Chapter I. War.

The Third Mansions

Chapter I. Fear of God
Chapter II. Aridity in Prayer

The Fourth Mansions

Chapter I. Sweetness in Prayer.
Chapter II. Divine Consolations
Chapter III. Prayer of Quiet

The Fifth Mansions

Chapter I. Prayer of Union
Chapter II. Effects of Union
Chapter III. Cause of Union
Chapter IV. Spiritual Espousals

The Sixth Mansions

Chapter I. Preparation for Spiritual Marriage
Chapter II. The Wound of Love
Introductory Note to Chapter III by the Editor
Chapter III. Locutions
Chapter IV. Raptures
Chapter V. The Flight of the Spirit
Chapter VI. Spiritual Jubilation
Chapter VII. The Humanity of Our Lord
Chapter VIII. Intellectual Visions
Chapter IX. Imaginary Visions
Chapter X. Intellectual Visions Continued
Chapter XI. The Dart of Love

The Seventh Mansions

Chapter I. God's Presence Chamber
Chapter II. Spiritual Marriage
Chapter III. Its Effects
Chapter IV. Martha and Mary