Thursday, February 28. 2008
Comments about SEVENTH MANSIONS: Marriage! (4th water-rain) Here at last the soul reaches the Spiritual Marriage. Here dwells the King-“it may be called another Heaven”: the two lighted candles join and become one; the falling rain becomes merged in the river. There is complete transformation, ineffable and perfect peace; no higher state is conceivable, save that of the Beatific Vision in the life to come.
Teresa of Avila:
7th MANIONS – “Marriage”- (1) God’s second Heaven can be in our souls, in communion with Him…Scales are removed from the eyes of our souls…We see that 3 Persons are one Substance and one power and one knowledge and one God alone…They are felt within as Divine companionship. (2) Spiritual Marriage-united so that separation is no more (whereas ‘betrothal’ had frequent separation ) …Two wax candles are joined so that their light is one; yet they can be separated…From Divine breasts flow streams of milk , which solace all who dwell in the castle…This tiny spring is swallowed up in the might river… ‘Go in peace’ produces a state of pure spirituality, we are joined with Uncreated Spirit in celestial union….Though conflict, trial and weariness remain, they do not rob the soul of its peace and stability. (3) She must take care of His business and He will take care of hers….There is great desire to suffer for His sake…Persecution brings interior joy…No enmity is born to those who ill-treat….Death is no more feared than rapture (but there are no more raptures)…To be alone or service to souls are the only desires….The temple continues to be built, but no noise is heard …Nothing can frighten the soul, now enlarged and equipped…The soul delights in the tabernacle of God…there are no lack of crosses, but these do not unsettle or deprive of peace. (4) We are granted a life which is an imitation of the Beloved Son…… Not honors, but good works are the aim…Martha and Mary must work together when they bring the Lord lodging…We must not build towers without foundations…..The Lord does not look so much at the magnitude of what we do, as at the love with which we do it.