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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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Posted in Summaries

From the Ashes

The Interior Castle: Sixth Mansions: Chapter Four The Rapture of the Soul Teresa says, “One kind of rapture is this.” The soul is “not actually engaged in prayer” but “is struck by some word, which it either remembers or hears spoken

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Posted in 6th Mansions - Chapter 4

A Tour of the Interior Castle (1)

This post has been updated: Click here. Navigating the Interior Castle (as a book and as a metaphor for our soul) can be challenging. I like to give an occasional outline to give the reader and myself some sort of

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A Higher Flight

Summary: Sixth Mansions – Chapter One We learned about many exterior and interior trials in Chapter One of the Sixth Mansions. The first exterior trial comes from The Critics. Critics inflict damage through criticism, gossip, contempt, and lying. The second trial

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Posted in 6th Mansions - Chapter 2

The Great Light of the Dark Night

Interior Trials: Part VI We cannot avoid or conquer the “Dark Night of the Soul”. We rely on our spiritual routines to no avail. Prayer provides little comfort. Mediation is nearly impossible. “Solitude is even worse” — although we also

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Posted in 6th Mansions - Chapter 1