Interior Castle


“The Interior Castle”
II Corinthians 5:17
Original Mixed Media, 10.5″ x 35″

St. Teresa of Avila wrote her book on spiritual formation, “Interior Castle” in 1577. She writes about her union with God through prayer:  “It is a great advantage for us to be able to consult with someone who knows us, so that we may learn to know ourselves. . . For prayer is nothing else than being on terms of friendship with God.”

She also shares her struggles with prayer:  “I don’t know what penance I would not have gladly undertaken rather than practice prayer.” St. Teresa weaves this throughout her writings:  when what our hearts ache for is to be with God; everything else truly becomes alive, even our suffering.