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Exploring Mysticism

March 16, 5:00pm - March 18, 5:00pm

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Mystics and the Interior Castle of Teresa of Avila

What is mysticism? Who were/are the Mystics? Do they have any relevance for today’s world and our lives as Christians?

The Rev. Sally Goodall will lead the exploration into those questions, then begin to explore Teresa of Avila’s “Interior Castle”, her image to describe the soul’s journey to God.

Teresa of Avila lived in 16th century Spain, a time of political instability, religious turmoil, and renewed interest in mystical experiences. Despite the challenges of the Inquisition and suspicion of anything written by a woman, Teresa wrote prolifically about prayer and the spiritual life. We discover, in the midst of her deep theological insights and ecstatic experiences, a person who is down to earth and responds honestly to life’s challenges.
As we step into Teresa of Avila’s “Interior Castle” we will taste a little of her rich life of prayer and sample the music of the mystics.

As Teresa said, “Contemplative prayer in my opinion is nothing else than a close sharing between friends; it means taking time frequently to be alone with him who we know loves us.” This will be an opportunity to explore what she meant.Exploring Mysticism

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