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Sunday, March 4, 2012

The Interior Castle ~ First Dwelling Chpt 2

The Interior Castle ~ First Dwelling Place Chapter Two

"Treats of how ugly a soul is when in mortal sin and how God wanted to let a certain person know something about this"

O Lord, open my lips.  And my mouth will proclaim your praise.

Q1.  What effect should the thought of mortal sin have on us?

~ We should understand that to live in mortal sin "is to please the devil, who is darkness itself" and that in doing so "nothing helps such a soul; and as a result all the good works it might do while in mortal sin are fruitless for the attainment of glory".

She goes on further in this section speaking of one of my favorite Psalms.  Psalm One.  Not too long ago I joined a Bible Study on the Psalms via the Jeff Cavins Great Adventure on the Psalms.  I remember we stayed on this verse for weeks.

Happy are those who do not follow the counsel of the wicked,
Nor go the way of sinners, nor sit in the company with scoffers.
Rather, the law of the Lord is their joy;
God's law they study day and night.
They are like a tree planted near streams of water,
that yields its fruit in season;
It's leaves never wither, whatever they do prospers.

But not the wicked!
They are like chaff driven by the wind.
Therefor the wicked will not survive judgement,
nor will sinners in the assembly of the just.
The Lord watches over the way of the just,
but the way of the wicked leads to ruin.
 Q2. How must we think about the things of the soul?

~ "...we should set our eyes on Christ, our Good, and on His saints.  There we shall learn true humility"

Q3.  How can we come to know ourselves completely?

~ Prayer, humility and we must strive to know God. 

Q4.  What does Teresa want to do in this book?

~  I think she wants each of us to look to our self, to love one another, to honor and glorify God.  To turn away from sin, dark, and unnecessary things.  {something to really think about.  She is right the more unnecessary I do the less pleasing I can really be as I am more acting on my will not His will.  Ouch!}



This final quote, among the many I underlined, is sticking with me partilcurly hard today.  

"...since the tree is planted where the devil is, what fruit can it bear?"


The Interior Castle ~ The First Dwelling Place Chpt 1

The Beauty and Dignity of Our Souls

This was the post I typed up under the pages category, had computer troubles and lost everything.  That's when I decided to bore anybody that read this silly blog by posting instead of putting it in a never ending page.  So, every Sunday, bear with me or skip over my ramblings and the second time I did this chapter and the lack of pictures.  Yikes!

Q1.  Why does Teresa use the symbol of a castle?

~  A castle was viewd as a large, fortified residence for a king or lord of the territory in which he lived.  {So fitting}

Q2.  Where do we tend to place all our attention?

~  Of the castle, we tend to look at the exterior, the grandness of it.  But it's really the interior castle that is of our concern.  This is what makes this castle beautiful.  All that comes from within.  {There is an older woman at school that helps with Henry's class, I think she is the most beautiful woman I've ever met.  She has many children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, when I see her in church, I just marvel at how beautiful her soul is.} 

Q3.  What good does it do to talk about God's favors, especially if we don't receive them ourselves?

~ "I know whoever does not believe in these favors will have no experience of them, for God doesn't like us to put a limit on his works." and "I hold as certain that anyone who might be harmed by knowing that God can grant this favor in this exile would be very much lacking in humility and love of neighbor."  {my emphasis added}

General thoughts {things I underlined}

"Insofar as I can understand, the door of entry to this castle is prayer and reflection"

"They are now so used to dealing always with insects and vermin that are in the wall surrounding the castle that they have become almost like them."  Thinking about the current events of our country, I really sink into these words.  Also with the scripture verse I and my thoughts for the next chapter.



Wednesday, February 29, 2012

The Interior Castle ~ Prologue & General Introduction

I am going to blog my way through The Interior Castle by St Teresa of Avila, Study Edition. I am sharing on another forum and thought as long as I am already typing my thoughts out there I would also include them here in case I ever wanted to print anything out for a binder or journal book (via blurb).    I wasn't sure that I wanted to publish it as a blog post or as a page.  Originally I thought page so as not to bore anybody.  However, pages don't all for separations and it would get very lengthy, not to mention the fact that I lost a "post" because it didn't auto save.  So here it is.  I will post once a week.  More than likely Sunday once I get myself all caught up after today's fiasco.


If you like you are welcomed to join in comments section whether you have read the book.

In the General Introduction:

"the important thing is not to think much but to love much; and so do that which best stirs you to love." In Teresa's thinking, love "doesn't consist in great delight but in desiring with strong determination to please God in everything, in striving, insofar as possible, not to offend him, and in asking him for the advancement of the honor and glory of his Son".

"One so intimate with His Majesty must walk with special care and attentiveness in the exercise of virtue and with particular emphasis on love of neighbor, humility (the desire to be considered the least), and he faithful performance of ordinary tasks."

"The works of service may be outstanding ones as in Teresa's case, but they need not be. One must concentrate on serving those who are in one's company. 'The Lord doesn't look so much at the greatness of our works as at the love with which they are done.' "

~ something to really think about when I scrub floors!

From the Prologue:

"...the strength given by obedience usually lessens the difficulty of things that seem impossible, I resolved to carry the task very willingly, even though my human nature seems greatly distressed."

~ What a great example to march forward through our human nature, even when we are distressed, or unwilling.


"It's nonsense to think that what I say could matter to other persons. Our Lord will be granting me favor enough if some of these nuns benefit by praising him a little more."

~ So humble.

"...if I mange to say something well the Sisters will understand that this does not come from me since there would be no foundation for it, unless the Lord gave it to me; otherwise they would have as little intelligence as I little ability for such things."

~ Again humility in her praise for our Lord, knowing all good comes from Him and dare, I say caution, to for us (or the Sisters) to make her greater than Our Lord {"they would have little intelligence"}?

Interpretive Notes:

"The reader can be sure that it is Teresa passing through the rooms of her interior castle..."

~I will think of myself passing or hoping to pass through my own Interior Castle.
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