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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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Death of the Butterfly: Part I

Teresa of Avila: Interior Castle: Seventh Mansions: Chapter Three Earlier in the Interior Castle we saw the Death of the Silkworm and its transformation into a butterfly (moth): “You must have already heard about his marvels manifested in the way silk originates,

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A Tour of the Interior Castle

A Tour of the Interior Castle Teresa of Avila: The Interior Castle Even those devoting much of their life to studying spiritual literature find the Interior Castle a complex book. Richard Foster, founder of Renovare and author of the classic spiritual formation book Celebration of Discipline said, “For

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The Room

The Presence of the Trinity: Part III The Constant Presence of the Trinity In the previous post Teresa of Avila talked about the continual presence of the Trinity in our soul in contrast to the intermittent presence of the Trinity

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