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The devil frequently fills our thoughts with great schemes, so that instead of putting our hands to what work we can do to serve our Lord, we may rest satisfied with wishing to perform impossibilities.” Interior Castle is not required reading for this course although it is highly encouraged. We recommend Mirabai Starr’s modern translation (Riverhead Books: 2004). The translation James Finley references throughout the course is from E. Allison Peers (Doubleday: 1961), which is out of print. Financial Assistance Quamvis Deus animae dimiserit, tamen peccandi cupiditates tardat. Super peccata etiam anima multa habet ad aestimanda et mundana studia. Haec est anima in prima mansione. Gravissimum S. Teresiae consilium incipientis est se a peccato et attachiamento depellere conari. Iesus dixit quod divitiae et voluptates mundi adhuc possunt suffocare eos qui verbum Dei audiunt;
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The chief goal of prayer is to better love God and neighbor. If the soul doesn’t have love, its prayer will suffer. Love is possible for those who banish selfishness from their lives. But, the world still appears attractive. The soul clings to its belongings and to what other people think about it. It is by humility that the Lord allows Himself to be conquered so that He will do all we ask of Him,”Avoid associating with “evil” or “mediocre” people. Instead, associate with people pursuing Christ. Teresa Sanchez Cepeda Davila y Ahumada was born at Avila, Old Castile, 28 March, 1515; died at Alba de Tormes, 4 Oct., 1582.
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The mind’s continual keeping in the presence of God 8 and the concentration of its thoughts on Him would so enrage the fiend that, although he might try the experiment once, he” Hoc scaena diu durare potest. S. Teresia suadet agendi quod animam Deo agendi aperiet. Praesentiam Dei in anima agnosce in oratione, gratiam te aperie. Hoc stadio entis in quarta mansione major transitus est. Hoc notat motum a via purgativa ad viam Illuminativam. S. Teresia in multis spiritalibus verbis insilit.This type of prayer is “ the prayer of union.” Here the soul loves God with such intensity that it is even forgetful of itself. As the soul grows in love, it also grows in detachment from selfishness. The Prayer of Quiet– The prayer of quiet is “a quiet, deep and peaceful happiness in the will.” This happiness remains even though the soul does not understand what it going on. Here the will is so occupied in contentment and joy in God that not even the memory or intellect can interrupt it. Like supernatural recollection, the prayer of quiet is “infused” (not by our own efforts). It grows our virtue and reduces our desires for worldly things. We desire prayer and to persevere in it, all while becoming more selfless for God.