Pilgrimage and Possession: Conversion in the Writings of St Teresa and St John of the Cross
Saint Teresa of Avila and Saint John of the Cross, reformers of the Carmelite Order in sixteenth-century Spain, inhabited a thought-world very different from our own. Sister Eileen Mary shows us that the human condition of pilgrimage is not fundamentally changed by varying cultural and social factors. She points out that the way of conversion which Saint John of the Cross teaches reveals and enlarges our humanity. By exploring a connection between Teresa’s ‘Interior Castle’ and the ancient Chinese philosophy of ‘I-Ching’, she illustrates how Christians move into full possession of their baptismal inheritance.