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Discipline and Spontaneity

I cannot believe in the efficacy of human activity in matters where His Majesty appears to have set a limit to it and to have been pleased to reserve action for Himself. (Teresa of Avila: Fourth Mansions: Chapter Three) We do things.

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Listening: Part Two

Seek silence. Listen for your inner voice. Absorb the impressions of the Spirit. If you can’t find the truth within, you will not find the truth without.

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Listening

One preparation for listening to Him, as certain books tell us, is that we should contrive, not to use our reasoning powers, but to be intent upon discovering what the Lord is working in the soul. (Teresa of Avila: Fourth Mansions:

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Hedgehogs and Tortoises

I have read that they are like a hedgehog or a tortoise withdrawing into itself; and whoever wrote that must have understood it well. These creatures, however, enter within themselves whenever they like; whereas with us it is not a

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Searching

Returning to the Castle: Part 2 When we are seeking God within ourselves (where He is found more effectively and more profitably than in the creatures, to quote Saint Augustine, who, after having sought Him in many places, found Him

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