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Preoccupations

A healthy spirituality expands instead of contracts our worldview. I wrote this short story a number of years ago about an early experience I had with Christian fundamentalism. Full of a thousand preoccupations as they are, they pray only a

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A Desire to Suffer

Death of the Butterfly: Part III: A Desire to Suffer I mentioned in a previous post Teresa occasionally begins to enumerate her ideas – and then doesn’t continue her pattern clearly. She gets there, but it’s not always easy to

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The Death of the Butterfly: Part II

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

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Death of the Butterfly: Part I

Teresa of Avila: Interior Castle: Seventh Mansions: Chapter Three Earlier in the Interior Castle we saw the Death of the Silkworm and its transformation into a butterfly (moth): “You must have already heard about his marvels manifested in the way silk originates,

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The Most Christian Person I’ve Ever Met

Teresa of Avila: Interior Castle: Seventh Mansions: Chapter Three [She] has now died, full of joy at having found rest, and within her lives Christ. Let us see what her new life is like, and how different it is from

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