Sunday, March 4, 2012

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.



2 comments:

  1. "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.}"

    The piece above caused my husband I to get into a discussion about the phrase "beauty is only skin deep". I couldn't remember what that phrase meant. To me the most beautiful women are those like whom you describe works in Henry's classroom. A woman may have the most alluring and perfect features ever, but if she doesn't have the personality and godliness to match, I have a hard time seeing her as beautiful.

    Thank you for sharing what you are learning. I'm learning from you :o).

    Blessings!
    Deborah

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  2. I want to grow up and be the woman in #2! :)

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