Teresa gives you the keys: nine gates, nine keys. Gate 2
From the Carmel of Donamaría in Navarra we propose the following reading and reflection.
"I've often thought, frightened of the great goodness of God, and regaládose my soul to see his great magnificence and mercy. Be blessed by all, I saw clearly not leave without paying, even in this life, no good desire. By ruines and imperfect they were my works, Sir, this was improving and perfecting the and giving value, and the evils and sins then hid; even in the eyes of one who has seen, allows His Majesty blinded, and removes them from memory. Dora the blame; shine makes a virtue that the same Lord puts me, If making me the strength to be ". (The 4, 10)
Commentary: "The great goodness of God". The God of Teresa
Teresa hurry to talk about God and life something happens like what you see in the Gospels: that advance the Easter vision of faith. In the early chapters of John, for example, when Jesus starts calling his disciples, they begin to call with names that could only understand after the Resurrection. Like Teresa: before conversion narrate, sandwiched inside his biography of his experience of God known from his "new life". And is that life is a book where Teresa crosses its history with what is key life: prayer. The chapter titles reflect well:
Explains how he was losing these virtues… chapter 2
Was part discusses how good company to turn to wake her wishes… chapter 3
How did the Lord to be forced to take habit… chapter 4
Continues major diseases that had and patience that God gave… chapter 5
Try as much due to the Lord to give conformity and took as mediator and lawyer glorious St. Joseph… chapter 6
Try at term was losing the favors which the Lord had done… chapter 7
Try the great good he did not entirely aside prayer… chapter 8
That has come Teresa: the good of prayer. Very clearly described the itinerary: a swing of losses and acquisitions. In that way from her life to prayer, through disease, almost unintentionally, Teresa tells us in confidence what the facial features of the face of your God are. It does so in two delicate elevations leaving his pen in Chapters 4 and 8. Two dazzling assays and micro-theology teresiana, clearly, Teresa could not read in the theology of his time, are hers who had made a journey 20 thus senses years: "Oh Lord my soul! How can I raise the cost of grants that in these years I did! And how in the time that I offended you most, soon you disponíais me with great regret that might taste of your gifts and favors! A truth, tomábais the most delicate and painful punishment…with great gifts castigábais my crimes " (The. 7, 19)
Life is going to be the book of Teresian prayer and, both, God's story in it. It is surprising that a woman who is neither a theologian, or biblical scholar or philosopher has a notion of prayer as something of friends. But unequal friends: God and prayer.
"Trying - treated - treatment" are special words in the language of Teresa. You need to use them much: prayer is treated. With a starter: "We know loves us"
For it is fundamental conviction of being loved: "!Oh what a good friend do, Mr., how would you go giving and suffering and expect that to your condition becomes, and so on while you suffer Vos yours! You take into account the times that you want and with a point of repentance forget what I have offended ". (The 8, 6)A friendship modeling, because the experience of Teresa is that prayer is a great good for all. "If a thing so mean as long suffered the Lord - and it is clear that here all my troubles were remedied – What person, bad it is, may fear? For as much as it is, it will not be many years after having received so many blessings from the Lord. Not even who may be suspicious, for me both suffered me, just because they wanted and sought some time to be with me? And this often unwilling, by great strength that made me, or me doing the same Lord. " (The 8, 8)
Teresa hurry, NEED, tell us how is the God who has been present in your life. There are many attributes in God but she has premiering home in the Church entering the door of prayer and encountering a God all good, mercy and magnificence. Feels that his life is theology, that the process of his life give rise to an innovation in the knowledge and experience of God. From it nothing will be the same: the individual has acquired another feature of his God. So Teresa does not write many pages without saying, although it has not yet reached the events as they occurred. At the end of the day, time is not only chronology, It is also grace. And Teresa knows. While Luther opened gaps, Trento defined and Copernicus turned the universe, a praying woman wrote in his cell at the newly founded monastery of San José, without table, knees, with a firm hand and touched his soul:
"I've often thought, frightened of the great goodness of God, and regaling my soul to see his great magnificence and mercy. Be blessed by all, I saw clearly not leave without paying, even in this life, no good desire. By ruines and imperfect they were my works, Sir, this was improving and perfecting the and giving value, and the evils and sins then hid; even in the eyes of one who has seen, allows His Majesty blinded, and removes them from memory. Dora the blame; shine makes a virtue that the same Lord puts me, If making me the strength to be ".(The 4, 10)
Are there traces of this God of Teresa in my life?