Teresa continues her discussion of “spiritual marriage” and being “one spirit” with Christ. Spiritual marriage brings mutuality between Christ and us. She says, the soul would “look after what is his and that he would look after what is hers. Thus, the soul doesn’t worry about all that can happen.”
Being one spirit with Christ in spiritual marriage includes:
- We “look after” what is his (and not worry about ourselves).
- He will “look after” us and what is ours.
- Therefore, we can eliminate worry.
This is reminiscent of Matthew 6. “But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” The question is: All what things? The answer: All the things we spend our time worrying about. This is not permission to neglect responsibility and self-care. It’s permission to take action and trust God to “look after” us and everything that is ours.
For this post I used a translation of The Interior Castle by Kieran Kavanaugh O.C.D. and Otilio Rodriguez O.C.D., ICS Publications, Institute of Carmelite Studies: Washington D.C. Kindle Edition.