The Interior Castle - Chapter 15 Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 15 Summary and Analysis

The third chapter dealing with the Sixth Dwelling begins with a discussion of hearing voices. Teresa allows that audible voices are very frequently signs of mental imbalance, having little to do with serving God, and that those professing to hear them should be listened to with compassion and advised accordingly. A contemplative practice might not be the wisest course for some. As with all spiritual temptations, they should be judged by their fruit. If a voice manifests disquiet and unrest, it should be forsaken as coming from a source that is less than divine.

She mentions voices, however, because at times they are used by God, and so she explains how a soul can be sure. If it assures her and brings her lasting peace, she can rest in it and know it is from the God she serves. If it...

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