Entering Teresa of Avila's Interior Castle: A Reader's CompanionPaperback
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- Publisher: Paulist Press International,U.S.
- Format: Paperback | 162 pages
- Dimensions: 135mm x 201mm x 13mm | 227g
- Publication date: 1 July 2005
- Publication City/Country: Mahwah
- ISBN 10: 080914316X
- ISBN 13: 9780809143160
- Sales rank: 247,493
This book explains the seven stages of the spiritual journey described in the classic "Interior Castle. Here, Teresa of Avila, the great Spanish mystic and theological Doctor of the Church, meticulously (and metaphorically, using striking marriage and nature imagery) details the theological doctrine of transformative union with the incarnate, Triune God that systematically evolved over the course of her lifetime of spiritual experiences and scriptural knowledge. In seven sections of this companion, paralleling those of "Interior Castle, Gillian Ahlgren clearly and methodically explicates each passage of the soul, which is envisioned as a crystal castle made of many rooms-from stillness and contemplative prayer, to humbling self-knowledge, to understanding of the potentiality of the human-divine union, and to the center of the seventh, the place of transformative union, and the deeper, theological insights into God.
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Gillian T.W. Ahlgren, who holds a PhD in the history of Christianity from the Divinity School of the University of Chicago, is professor of theology at Xavier University, OH. She is the author of several books and articles, as well as lecturer, commentator and giver of retreats.