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Summary: First Mansions, Chapter Two

I have grouped Chapter Two of the First Mansions into three categories: Sin, Self-Knowledge, and Spiritual Warfare. The blog posts for this chapter are categorized under First Mansions – Chapter Two. Sin: We are a tree of life. When planted in the

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The Third Strategy of Evil: Undermining Love

The Devil’s aim here must not be made light of, for he is trying to bring a cooling of charity and love among the sisters, and if he could do this he would be working a great deal of harm.

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The Second Strategy of Evil: Distraction

Everyone, however, who wishes to enter the second Mansions, will be well advised, as far as his state of life permits, to try to put aside all unnecessary affairs and business. (Teresa of Avila, First Mansions, Chapter 2) Teresa warns

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The First Strategy of Evil: Lies

When he lies, he speaks according to his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies. (John 8.44c) The first strategy of evil is to get us to believe lies — especially lies about ourselves. Unfortunately, many

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An Unwelcome Introduction

“[B]ut it is most important that we should not cease to be watchful against the devil’s wiles, lest he deceive us in the guise of an angel of light. For there are a multitude of ways in which he can

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