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Silkworms and Butterflies: Part Two

And now let us see what becomes of this silkworm, for all that I have been saying about it is leading up to this. When it is in this state of prayer, and quite dead to the world, it comes

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Posted in 5th Mansions - Chapter 2, Stories and Parables

Prayer of Recollection: Part Four

It is a form of recollection that also seems to me supernatural for it does not involve remaining in the dark, or closing the eyes, nor is it dependent upon anything exterior. A person involuntarily closes his eyes and desires

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Posted in 4th Mansions - Chapter 3

Getting Your Hammer Back

What hope can we have of being able to rest in other people’s homes if we cannot rest in our own?¬†For none of our friends and relatives are as near to us as our faculties, with which we have always

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Posted in 2nd Mansions

A Black Dog, a Cheerful Priest, and an Unresponsive Walker

Prayer and Meditation Part II When I go to my place of solitude I regularly see the same man walking his black dog. I drive slowly and carefully because, at dawn, his dog is hard to see. As I pass

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Posted in 1st Mansions - Chapter 1, Stories and Parables

Prayer and Meditation

As far as I can understand, the door of entry into this castle is prayer and meditation: I do not say mental prayer rather than vocal, for, if it is prayer at all, it must be accompanied by meditation. (Teresa

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Posted in 1st Mansions - Chapter 1