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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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A Tour of the Interior Castle

A Tour of the Interior Castle Teresa of Avila: The Interior Castle Even those devoting much of their life to studying spiritual literature find the Interior Castle a complex book. Richard Foster, founder of Renovare and author of the classic spiritual formation book Celebration of Discipline said, “For

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Peace and Power

For he was crucified in weakness, but lives by the power of God. For we are weak in him, but . . . we will live with him by the power of God. (2 Corinthians 13.4) “In Seventh Mansions (Spiritual

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