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Interior Castle: The Classic Text With a Spiritual Commentary (Classics With Commentary) Paperback – April 1, 2007
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Dennis J. Billy, CSsR, is Ordinary Professor of the history of moral theology and Christian spirituality at the Alphonsian Academy of Rome's Pontifical Lateran University.
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Though the commentary is short when compared to Teresa's texts, it is invaluable. In the introduction Billy gives an overview of Teresa's background, call to write, and spiritual doctrine presented through a description of seven mansions within a spiritual castle. He also offers 10 pointers for interpreting Interior Castle, including details of its development, Teresa's view of religious life "in the hierarchical order of sanctity," her combative posture toward the world, and her primary image of God as beloved spouse.
He previews her nine sections--one for the introduction, each of the seven mansions, and the epilogue--and before each chapter within the sections he offers a short summary that prepares us for Teresa's words. Finally, Billy has added four reflection questions at the end of each chapter to help us further examine Teresa's teachings and our own spiritual lives.
For any believer, this is a terrific guide to the details of spiritual growth, not in the sense of becoming adept at hearing special messages from God, but in the sense of gaining true humility, gaining the joy of sacrifice, and gaining a transcendent love for Jesus. How wonderful that this was written in the 1500s; like the Bible, it speaks to us in our own century. That Teresa was a very busy woman gives a special touch of realism to her words; her reforms in the Carmelite order took her on journeys far less comfortable than the business traveler of today, and with worries as complex and political as has any modern businessman. It is a great privilege to have these writings.
St. Teresa wrote in a very understandable, straight-forward style. Still, the expert graceful commentary adds considerably to her message from love. I highly recommend this book. Enjoy the journey. Do yourself a great favor in reading this excellent book by a saintly Catholic mystic.
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Awesome book to read if you want to learn about Christian prayer. Can be a bit challenging to read but worth it.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
The reason I did not give this book a higher rating is that I also purchased "Entering the Castle" by Caroline Myss at the same time, and the material in the Myss book... Read morePublished on October 18, 2014 by D. M. Trujillo
This is the classic, but to fully understand it, first read Ruth Burrows book on this book. One of the major books by one of the major Saints of the 1500sPublished on April 13, 2014 by Amazon Customer