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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

Meditation and Contemplation

Interior Castle: Sixth Mansions: Chapter Six Teresa distinguishes between meditation and contemplation. Meditation is ascetic: We initiate the action with God and engage or chew on the source material of meditation. Contemplation is supernatural: God initiates the action with us and

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Posted in 6th Mansions - Chapter 7

Meditate. On What?

I am the way, and the truth, and the life. (Jesus) The ways Jesus goes about loving and saving the world are personal: nothing disembodied, nothing abstract, nothing impersonal. Incarnate, flesh and blood, relational, particular, local. (Eugene Peterson: The Jesus

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Posted in 6th Mansions - Chapter 7

False Tears

Teresa challenges spiritual experiences governed by emotionalism and excessive crying. People cry. Crying is a normal emotional response. Some people cry more than others. Crying is not a sign of weakness, in fact, some people with great emotional strength cry.

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Posted in 6th Mansions - Chapter 6

Flight of the Spirit: Vision

Sixth Mansions: Chapter Five Flight of the Spirit: Part Four Flight of the Spirit To help us understand the flight of the spirit, Teresa compares our soul and our spirit to the sun and its rays. There is a certain

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Posted in 6th Mansions - Chapter 5