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Great Detachment

Great Detachment Teresa of Avila: Interior Castle: Seventh Mansions: Chapter Three In the Seventh Mansions, we are at the center of the Interior Castle (our souls). This is where the King resides. This is where the most intimate exchanges take

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Posted in 7th Mansions - Chapter 3

The Flight of the Spirit (Part One)

Sixth Mansions Chapter Five In Chapter Four of the Sixth Mansions we learned about “raptures of the soul”. Teresa says these raptures “carry the soul out of its senses”. She also refers to these raptures as ecstasies or trances. In chapter five Teresa

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Posted in 6th Mansions - Chapter 5

The Enlargement of the Heart: A Story

I saw a light from heaven, brighter than the sun, shining around me and my companions. (Acts 26) The pivots on the thresholds shook at the voices of those who called, and the house filled with smoke. (Isaiah 6) Their

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Posted in 4th Mansions - Chapter 1

Spiritual Sweetness and Spiritual Consolations

To put it briefly, worldly joys (spiritual sweetness) have their source in our own nature and end in God, whereas spiritual consolations have their source in God, but we experience them in a natural way . . . .  (Teresa

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