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The Sword

Much of our thinking revolves around a work and reward system.  If I work hard, I’m rewarded. If I don’t work hard, I deal with the consequences. We generally believe the work/reward system governs life – or should. If the

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Suffering

Teresa of Avila Interior Castle: Sixth Mansions: Chapter Eleven We can be afflicted with suffering from a number of sources. Suffering can come through ordinary life. Being alive involves risk. Being fully alive requires even more risk. The outcome of calculated

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“Just As I AM” Just Wasn’t Good Enough

Just as I am, though tossed about  with many a conflict, many a doubt,  fightings and fears within, without,  O Lamb of God, I come, I come.  Bruce attended a fundamentalist Christian college. He was dedicated to God, but endured

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Joy and Suffering

Interior Castle: Sixth Mansion: Chapter Eleven Teresa embraces future death. She sees death as welcome and a delay in death as painful. (Of course, she also sees death and the delay in death as something belonging to God’s timing.) Teresa’s perspective

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Spiritual Ecstasy and Suffering

Interior Castle: Sixth Mansions: Chapter Eleven Are you able to drink the cup that I am about to drink? (Jesus) The last chapter of the Sixth Mansions is about suffering in preparation for entering the Seventh and final Mansions of

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