Spain, 9 September 1576: "I can truthfully say that your letters are such a consolation. When I read the one and thought there were no more, I myself was surprised by the happiness I felt when I discovered another one; it was as as though I hadn't received the first. You should then realize that your letters are a kind of recreation for me." ... from a letter of St. Teresa of Avila
Finding these words today, I was surprised (and delighted) to learn that they were written by the same woman who said, in that very year, "While in prayer one day, I felt my soul to be so deep in God that it didn't seem there was a world..." (from 'Spiritual Testimonies')
St. Teresa of Avila, as we know, was one of the great mystics of the Church. She experienced extraordinary depths of prayer and left us a map to the Interior Castle. If anyone was ever "lost in God," it was she. Yet she found happiness in the pages of a letter! Being a lifelong lover of correspondence, I am thrilled to know that this was the case.
I suppose my delight is because I am an "aspirant" to the Interior Castle. I would like it to be my home, my residence, my permanent address.
It's nice to know that even the Castle gets mail.