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How to Conquer the World

Teresa of Avila: The Interior Castle: Seventh Mansions: Chapter Three What surprises me most of all now is that they have just as great a desire to serve him and that through them he be praised and that they may

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Should We Ever Harm Another Human Being?

Death of the Butterfly: Part IV: Joy in Persecution “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbour and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that

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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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