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This October, we invite you to join us in the contemplation of prayer and self-knowledge with St. Teresa of Avila! St. Teresa wrote Interior Castle towards the end of her life after she received a vision of Christ and she compares the soul to a castle with seven rooms, each representing a different stage of spiritual growth. She describes how the soul can progress through these rooms through prayer and contemplation. We hope you’ll join us!
The Interior Castle by St. Teresa of Avila presents a remarkable description of the entire spiritual life from the first release from mortal sin into Sanctifying Grace through the Mystical Marriage of the soul with Christ as a journey through what she called The Interior Castle.
She sees the soul as a magnificent castle full of spacious and well-lit rooms or mansions each of which leads deeper into the heart of the castle to the seat of the King. However, St. Teresa laments that most people give all their attention to the outer wall of the castle the body ignoring the beauty of the soul within.
St. Teresa gives practical advice regarding the early struggles and the temptations to turn back which beset the beginner. She describes each of the seven mansions and urges us forward to love and serve the Divine Majesty, imparting her absolute conviction that progress toward God through prayer is worth vastly more than all the treasures of this earth.
Our September book is a first of its kind for the TGM Book Club. This book consists of 999 little lines of wisdom from St. Josemaria Escriva, so it will read much differently than any of the books we’ve read so far. It should be a fun change up! The thoughts are sorted out by topic so you can sit and read through it in large chunks, or just a few every day. Either way- be sure to get your highlighter ready because this is one you’ll be referencing for years to come!
Beloved by millions, The Way is St. Josemaría’s spiritually rich collection of points for meditation and prayer. Genial but pointed, The Way is born out of deep Christian experience and aims at encouraging people to love God and live for Him. Says St. Josemaría: "The 999 points which make up The Way were written with yearnings to see Christ, the Light of the World. Anyone who reads it with the same yearnings will not have opened this book in vain."
From the author's preface: “Read these counsels slowly. Pause to meditate on these thoughts. They are things that I whisper in your ear-confiding them-as a friend, as a brother, as a father. And they are being heard by God. I won't tell you anything new. I will only stir your memory, so that some thought will arise and strike you; and so you will better your life and set out along ways of prayer and of Love. And in the end you will be a more worthy soul."