Ilkastell ta ewwaJew ilmansionsMinn st TeresaIHSDa

Il-kastell ta ‘ġewwa
Jew il-mansions
Minn st. Teresa.
IHS.
Dan trattat, styled-kastell interjuri, kien miktub minn Teresa ta ‘
Ġes, soru tal-Madonna ta ‘Carmel, għas-sorijiet u l-bniet tagħha, il-
Smoots Karmelite Klovazzjoni.
Rarament għandha ubbidjenza mqiegħda fuqi tant diffiċli kompitu bħala dan tal-kitba dwar talb; Għal waħda
raġuni, għax ma nħossx li Alla tatni jew il-qawwa jew ix-xewqa għaliha, minbarra
li, matul l-aħħar tliet xhur sofriet minn ħsejjes u dgħjufija kbira fir-ras
li għamluh uġigħ għalija li nikteb anke fuq in-negozju meħtieġ.
Madankollu, kif naf l-ubbidjenza enerġija għandha tagħmel affarijiet faċli li jidhru impossibbli,
tiegħi se tissottometti bi grazzja tajba, għalkemm in-natura tidher imnikket ħafna, għal Alla ma tatx
me tali saħħa li tbati, mingħajr repugnance, il-ġlieda kostanti kontra l-mard waqt
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jwettqu ħafna dmirijiet differenti. Jista ‘hu, li għenuni fi kwistjonijiet oħra aktar diffiċli, għajnuna
Jien bil-grazzja tiegħu f’dan, għall-fiduċja fil-ħniena tiegħu. Naħseb li għandi ftit li ngħid li ma diġà
tressaq fix-xogħlijiet l-oħra tiegħi miktuba taħt ubbidjenza; Fil-fatt, nibża ‘dan se jkun imma ripetizzjoni
minnhom. I am bħal Pappagall li jkun sar jaf biex jitkellem; jafu biss dak li ġie mgħallem jew għandu
Smajt, jirrepeti l-istess ħaġa mill-ġdid u għal darb’oħra. Jekk Alla jixtieqni nikteb xi ħaġa ġdida, hu
Se jgħallimha, jew ġib lura l-memorja tiegħi dak li għidt x’imkien ieħor. Inkun kuntent anke
Ma ‘dan, għal kif ninsa ħafna, għandi nkun ferħan li nirċievi xi wħud mill-kwistjonijiet dwar
Liema nies jgħidu li tkellimt sew, lest li għandhom ikunu mitlufa għal kollox. Jekk il-Mulej tagħna lanqas biss
Għotja lili dan, xorta, jekk I weary imħuħ tiegħi u jżidu ras tiegħi billi tistinka biex jobdu, I għandhom jiksbu
Fil-mertu, għalkemm il-kliem tiegħi għandu jkun inutli għal kwalunkwe wieħed. Allura nibda dan ix-xogħol fuq il-festa tal-
Trinità mbierka fis-sena 1577, fil-kunvent ta ‘San Ġużepp ta’ Carmel f’Toledo, fejn jien
tgħix, u nissottometti l-kitbiet kollha tiegħi għas-sentenza ta ‘dawk l-irġiel tgħallmu billi kmandijiet I
twettaqhom. Li se tkun it-tort ta ‘injoranza, mhux malice, jekk ngħid xi ħaġa kuntrarja għall-
Duttrina tal-Knisja Kattolika Rumana Mqaddsa, tista ‘ssir bħala ċerta. Permezz goodness Alla I am,
U dejjem għandu jkun, fidili lejn il-knisja, kif kont fil-passat. Jista ‘jkun għal dejjem mbierek
u glorified. Amen.
Min hu offerti nikteb dan, jgħidlekx me li l-sorijiet ta ‘dawn il-kunventi tal-Madonna ta’ Carmel bżonn
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xi wħud biex isolvu d-diffikultajiet tagħhom dwar it-talb: jaħseb li n-nisa jifhmu lil xulxin
l-aħjar lingwa u li l-affezzjoni tas-sorijiet tiegħi għalija tagħmilhom jagħtu attenzjoni speċjali lil tiegħi
Kliem, għalhekk huwa importanti għalija li nispjegaw is-suġġett b’mod ċar. Għalhekk qed nikteb
30 ‘Jien dejjem qed ibati minn ras tiegħi. Ittra ta’ Ġunju 28, 1577. Ittri. Vol. II.

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THE INTERIOR CASTLE
OR THE MANSIONS
BY ST. TERESA
IHS
THIS TREATISE, STYLED THE INTERIOR CASTLE, WAS WRITTEN BY TERESA OF
JESUS, NUN OF OUR LADY OF CARMEL, FOR HER SISTERS AND DAUGHTERS, THE
DISCALCED CARMELITE NUNS.
RARELY has obedience laid upon me so difficult a task as this of writing about prayer; for one
reason, because I do not feel that God has given me either the power or the desire for it, besides
which, during the last three months I have suffered from noises and a great weakness in my head
that have made it painful for me to write even on necessary business.30
However, as I know the power obedience has of making things easy which seem impossible,
my will submits with a good grace, although nature seems greatly distressed, for God has not given
me such strength as to bear, without repugnance, the constant struggle against illness while
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performing many different duties. May He, Who has helped me in other more difficult matters, aid
me with His grace in this, for I trust in His mercy. I think I have but little to say that has not already
been put forth in my other works written under obedience; in fact, I fear this will be but repetition
of them. I am like a parrot which has learnt to talk; only knowing what it has been taught or has
heard, it repeats the same thing over and over again. If God wishes me to write anything new, He
will teach it me, or bring back to my memory what I have said elsewhere. I should be content even
with this, for as I am very forgetful, I should be glad to be able to recall some of the matters about
which people say I have spoken well, lest they should be altogether lost. If our Lord will not even
grant me this, still, if I weary my brains and increase my headache by striving to obey, I shall gain
in merit, though my words should be useless to any one. So I begin this work on the Feast of the
Blessed Trinity in the year 1577, in the Convent of St. Joseph of Carmel at Toledo, where I am
living, and I submit all my writings to the judgment of those learned men by whose commands I
undertake them. That it will be the fault of ignorance, not malice, if I say anything contrary to the
doctrine of the Holy Roman Catholic Church, may be held as certain. By God’s goodness I am,
and always shall be, faithful to the Church, as I have been in the past. May He be for ever blessed
and glorified. Amen.
He who bids me write this, tells me that the nuns of these convents of our Lady of Carmel need
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some one to solve their difficulties about prayer: he thinks that women understand one another’s
language best and that my sisters’ affection for me would make them pay special attention to my
words, therefore it is important for me to explain the subject clearly to them. Thus I am writing
30 ’I am always suffering from my head.’ Letter of June 28, 1577. Letters. VOL. II.

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I-Interior Castle
Noma izindlu
Ngu-st. Teresa
Ihs
Le mpikiswano, yashayelwa inqaba engaphakathi, yabhalwa nguTeresa we
UJesu, uNuni weNtonjana yethu yaseKarmeli, ngodadewabo namadodakazi,
I-Carmeled Carmelete Nuns.
Kuyaqabukela ukulalela kwangibekele kunzima kakhulu umsebenzi njengoba ebhala ngomkhuleko; koyedwa
Isizathu, ngoba angizizwa sengathi uNkulunkulu unginike amandla noma isifiso sako, ngaphandle kwalokho
Yikuphi, ezinyangeni ezintathu ezedlule ngihlaselwe imisindo nobuthakathaka obukhulu ekhanda lami
lokho kuye kwakwenza kwaba buhlungu kimi ukubhala ngisho nasebhizinisini elidingekayo.30
Kodwa-ke, njengoba ngazi ukuthi ukulalela kwamandla kukwenzele izinto kube lula okubonakala kungenakwenzeka,
Intando yami iyazithoba ngomusa omuhle, yize imvelo ibukeka icindezeleke kakhulu, ngoba uNkulunkulu akakakaniki
kimi amandla anjalo ngokuthwala, ngaphandle kokudla, ukulwa njalo nokugula ukugula ngenkathi
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wenza imisebenzi eminingi ehlukene. Sengathi yena, ngubani ongisizile kwezinye izindaba ezinzima ngokwengeziwe, usizo
Mina ngomusa wakhe kulokhu, ngokuba ngithemba isihe sakhe. Ngicabanga ukuthi nginakho kodwa ngithi akusho kangako
Ubekwe kweminye imisebenzi yami ebhalwe phansi ngaphansi kokulalela; Eqinisweni, ngesaba ukuthi lokhu kuzoba ukuphindaphinda
kubo. Nginjengepholishi elifunde ukukhuluma; Ukwazi kuphela lokho okufundiswe noma okuye
Izwa, iphindaphinda into efanayo kaninginingi. Uma uNkulunkulu engingelami ukuthi ngibhale noma yini entsha, yena
uzongifundisa, noma ubuyise enkundleni yami lokho engikushilo kwenye indawo. Kufanele nginelise ngisho
Ngalokhu, ngoba njengoba nami ngikhohlwa kakhulu, kufanele ngijabule ukukhumbula ezinye izindaba mayelana
Yibaphi abantu abathi ngikhulumile kahle, funa kufanele balahle ngokuphelele. Uma iNkosi yethu ingeke
Nginike lokhu, Noma kunjalo, uma ngikhathele ubuchopho bami futhi ngikhulisa ikhanda lami ngokulwela ukulalela, ngizozuza
Emthethweni, yize amazwi ami kufanele angabi nalusizo kunoma ngubani. Ngakho-ke ngiqala lo msebenzi emkhosini we
UZiqu-zintathu obusisekile ngonyaka we-1577, eChiment of St Joseph waseKarmeli eToledo, lapho ngikhona
Ukuphila, futhi ngiletha yonke imibhalo yami ekwahluleleni kwalawo madoda afundile imiyalo yakhe
zinikele. Ukuthi kuzoba yiphutha lokungazi, hhayi ububi, uma ngisho noma yini ephikisana ne
Imfundiso yeSonto elingcwele lamaRoma Katolika, lingahle libanjwe. Ngikuhle kukaNkulunkulu,
futhi njalo, ethembekile esontweni, njengoba ngibe sedlule. Sengathi angabusiswa njalo
futhi ekhazimulisiwe. Amen.
Ongifisayo ngibhala lokhu, ungitshele ukuthi izindela zalezi zikhala zentokazi yethu yaseKarmeli zidinga
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Omunye ukuxazulula ubunzima babo ngomkhuleko: Ucabanga ukuthi abesifazane baqondane
Ulimi luhle kakhulu nokuthi uthando lwabadade kimi luzobenza banake okwami
Ngakho-ke, amagama abalulekile kimi ukuba achaze kahle leyo ndaba kubo. Ngakho-ke ngiyabhala
30 ‘Ngihlala ngihlushwa ikhanda lami.’ Incwadi kaJuni 28, 1577. Izincwadi. Vol. II.

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