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Confidence

Spiritual growth requires confidence. Without confidence we fear what others think. This interferes with following Jesus and healthy expressions of our spiritual life. Many Christians enjoy when a spiritual “favor is granted them in secret”. They can savor the experience in

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Reflecting on Our Spiritual Experiences

Interior Castle Sixth Mansions: Chapter Four Teresa tends to digress from her topics. I usually follow her digressions. I’m also prone to digressions which means, at times, I’m digressing from the digression. So as Teresa says, “Without realizing it, I have

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Why Doesn’t God Bless Me?

God desires to bless us. He also desires to bless more people. In talking about spiritual gifts and raptures of the soul, Teresa says God “would give them to us all if we loved Him as He loves us.” Her

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Dust in the Eyes

Oh, human blindness! How long, how long shall it be before this dust is removed from our eyes? For although, as far as we ourselves are concerned, it seems not to be bad enough to blind us altogether, I can

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Prayer, Poetry, and Sex

The Ecstasy of St. Teresa by Gian Lorenzo Bernini Photo Copyright: Marie-Lan Nguyen / Wikimedia Commons (Jastrow) – used with permission. The Interior Castle uses metaphors related to marriage and sexuality to help us understand the intimacy and ecstasy we

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