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?"

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Thanks for making my day!