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Contemplation and Service

Teresa of Avila: Interior Castle: Seventh Mansions: Chapter Four Teresa of Avila divides The Interior Castle into “Seven Mansions” with subdivisions totaling 27 chapters. (For a detailed summary – see A Tour of the Interior Castle.) We’re currently studying the Seventh

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A Tour of the Interior Castle*

A Tour of the Interior Castle Teresa of Avila: A Summary of the Interior Castle Even those devoting much of their life to studying spiritual literature find the Interior Castle a complex book. Richard Foster, author of the classic spiritual formation book Celebration of

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The Now!

Teresa of Avila: Interior Castle: Seventh Mansions: Book Three When we reach the Seventh Mansions of the Interior Castle, God reduces or eliminates spiritual raptures and ecstasy. Teresa says, “I am amazed as well to see that when the soul

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Trying Too Hard

Teresa of Avila: Interior Castle: Seventh Mansions: Book Three The house was built with stone finished at the quarry, so that neither hammer nor ax nor any tool of iron was heard in the temple while it was being built.

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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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