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Distractions during Prayer

September 23, 2013 by  
Filed under Carmelite Spirituality, Difficulties, Prayer, Sr. Laudis

Distractions during Prayer I have a hard time dealing with the silence that prayer requires. My mind never stops racing every time I sit down to pray. I heard somewhere that St. Teresa of Avila had the same problem. Do you know how she overcame it? Is it possible to overcome this problem? I am very frustrated but still committed. Christ has given everything for me and I won’t give up. Even so, I... Read More

Stuck in my spiritual growth. How do I get unstuck? Pt II of II

Dear Sister Carmen, I feel like I am stuck in somewhere in mansion one or two. Is this normal? Where do most people get stuck in the journey through the mansions and is there any common way you can suggest that we get unstuck? Maybe I am just impatient. I feel like I should be growing but I am not. In our first post in this two part series we talked about a few of the reasons we get stuck and touched... Read More

Stuck in my spiritual growth. How do I get unstuck? Pt I of II

Dear Sister Carmen, I feel like I am stuck somewhere in mansion one or two. Is this normal? Where do most people get stuck in the journey through the mansions and is there any common way you can suggest that we get unstuck? Maybe I am just impatient. I feel like I should be growing but I am not. Teresa posits conformity to God’s will as the first principle of spiritual growth In her Way of Perfection:... Read More

What does St. Teresa mean by “pesky reptiles”?

Dear Sister Carmen, In the Interior Castle St. Teresa talks about “pesky reptiles” and other creatures. What exactly does she mean when she is saying these things?” Those “pesky reptiles!” When you come across a snake unexpectedly, what is your immediate reaction? Well, unless you are a herpetologist it is probably fear, dread or surprise. Let me share with you the reaction of a group of... Read More

Sometimes prayer is so frustrating I just give up… what can I do?

December 26, 2011 by  
Filed under Carmelite Spirituality, Difficulties, Prayer, Sr. Laudis

Dear Sister Carmen, in the Second Mansion of the Interior Castle, St. Teresa strongly emphasizes the need for perseverance. Can you help me understand how this works in a practical way? I really struggle to keep a consistent prayer time and to stay focused when I pray. Sometimes [prayer] is so frustrating that I just give up. I know this doesn't help but what can I do? Many doors have a sign over their... Read More

How can I get out of patterns of sin?

Dear Sister Carmen, how can I deepen my relationship with God when I am stuck in patterns of sin that I can’t seem to break? I’ve asked this question to several people at different times, but I really can’t seem to figure this out or make any progress. I am really grieved over this. Thank you for your help. It seems to me that your grief over patterns of sin is already the beginning of conversion... Read More

What is so Special About the Interior Castle?

October 14, 2011 by  
Filed under Carmelite Spirituality, Sr. Laudis, Teresa of Avila

Dear Sister Carmen, would you share why St. Teresa wrote the “Interior Castle” and why spiritual directors refer to it so often? What makes it so special? Dear Friend, your question is very timely as the memorial of St. Teresa is celebrated this Saturday. St. Teresa of Jesus (also known as St. Teresa of Avila) was led by the Holy Spirit into a very special friendship with God. Because she cooperated... Read More

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