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Should I Worry About Sin?

Teresa of Avila: Interior Castle: Seventh Mansions: Book Four Background Discussions about sin can cause various reactions. Some intuitively recognize there should be appropriate guilt for doing something wrong (e.g. immoral, unjust, unfair). But, for others, the word “sin” surfaces a

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Posted in 7th Mansions - Chapter 4

Intellectual Vision: Part Five

To authenticate the Intellectual Vision, Teresa tells us to look at the effects of the vision in our life. If these effects are not present, we should be suspect about the source of the vision. These effects include: Certainty about the

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Posted in 6th Mansions - Chapter 8

A Higher Flight

Summary: Sixth Mansions – Chapter One We learned about many exterior and interior trials in Chapter One of the Sixth Mansions. The first exterior trial comes from The Critics. Critics inflict damage through criticism, gossip, contempt, and lying. The second trial

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Posted in 6th Mansions - Chapter 2

The Trial of Praise

You will tell me that there are also those who speak well of one. But oh, daughters, how few there are who believe the good things they say by comparison with the many who dislike us! In any case, to

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Posted in 6th Mansions - Chapter 1

The Critics

An outcry is made by people with whom such a person is acquainted, and even by those with whom she is not acquainted and who she never in her life supposed would think about her at all. “How holy she’s

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Posted in 6th Mansions - Chapter 1