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Why Am I in Pain?

Teresa of Avila: Interior Castle: Seventh Mansions: Chapter Four “For sometimes our Lord leaves these individuals in their natural state, and then it seems all the poisonous creatures from the outskirts and other dwelling places of this castle band together

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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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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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Touches of Love

Teresa of Avila: Interior Castle: Seventh Mansions: Book Three Certainly, if there were no other gain in this way of prayer except to understand the particular care God has in communicating with us and beseeching us to remain with him .

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Posted in 7th Mansions - Chapter 3