On the Doorstep of the Castle

On the Doorstep of the Castle: A Play of Teresa of Ávila and Alma de Leon

by Elizabeth Clark-Stern

Reviewed by Malcolm R. Campbell

“It is no small pity, and should cause us no little shame, that, through our own fault, we do not understand ourselves, or know who we are. Would it not be a sign of great ignorance, my daughters, if a person were asked who he was, and could not say, and had no idea who his father or mother was, or from what country he came?” – St. Teresa of Ávila, “Interior Castle”

St. Teresa of Ávila (1515 – 1582), foundress of the Discalced (barefoot) Carmelites and author of Interior Castle about the soul’s journey, is revered by the followers of many faiths for her dedication to church reform, a prayer-based mystic life, and a contemplative community of equals. Continue reading