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The End of Deception (Intellectual Visions: Part 4)

Teresa of Avila: Interior Castle: Sixth Mansion: Chapter Eight: Intellectual Visions God communicates to us. Sometimes this comes in the form of “appearances and visions”. In this chapter Teresa is talking about a specific kind of vision called an Intellectual Vision.

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Posted in 6th Mansions - Chapter 8

Something’s Always Wrong in Paradise

It’s important to break from the heretical idea that the spiritual life is going to be all “favors and consolations”. Teresa of Avila says some have enjoyed spiritual “favors and consolations . . . and think it would be a

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Posted in 6th Mansions - Chapter 7

A Tour of the Interior Castle (2)

This post has been updated: Click here. The past few posts were my reflections on writing and the 500th Birthday of Teresa of Avila. I also worked in a mini-vacation to enjoy family and to attend to my own “Interior

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Posted in 6th Mansions - Chapter 5, Summaries

Confidence

Spiritual growth requires confidence. Without confidence we fear what others think. This interferes with following Jesus and healthy expressions of our spiritual life. Many Christians enjoy when a spiritual “favor is granted them in secret”. They can savor the experience in

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Posted in 6th Mansions - Chapter 4

From the Ashes

The Interior Castle: Sixth Mansions: Chapter Four The Rapture of the Soul Teresa says, “One kind of rapture is this.” The soul is “not actually engaged in prayer” but “is struck by some word, which it either remembers or hears spoken

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Posted in 6th Mansions - Chapter 4