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13. It-tielet grazzja hija disprezz għall-affarijiet kollha earthly sakemm ma jkunux ikkonsagrati għas-servizz
ta ‘tant kbir Alla. Ma ‘ġawhar bħal dan il-bridegroom jibda gverta bride tiegħu; huma ta ‘valur wisq
għall tagħha li jżommhom bi traskuraġni.304 dawn il-viżjonijiet huma tant profondament imnaqqax fil-memorja tagħha li nemmen
hi qatt ma tista tinsa lilhom sakemm hi tgawdi minnhom għal Evermore, biex jagħmlu dan ikun l-akbar
sfortuna.305 Iżda l-konjuġi li tawha dawn ir-rigali għandu s-setgħa li jagħti lill-grazzja tagħha biex ma titlifx
minnhom.
14. Għidtlek li l-kuraġġ kien meħtieġ mir-ruħ, għax taħseb li hija kwistjoni trifling għal
L-Ispirtu li jħossu litteralment separati mill-ġisem, kif jagħmel meta jipperċepixxi li qed titlef tagħha
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Sensi mingħajr ma tifhem ir-raġuni? Hemm bżonn li hu li jagħti l-bqija kollha għandhom
Inkludi fortitude. Inti se ngħid dan fright huwa ppremjat tajjeb, u hekk jgħidu I. Mejju min jagħti
Tali grazzji jkunu għal dejjem imfaħħra u Mejju Vouchsafe Maestà tiegħu li aħna jista ‘jkun denja biex iservu
Lilu. Amen.
KAPITOLU VI.
Jiddeskrivi effett li juri t-talb mitkellem fl-aħħar
Kapitolu li jkun ġenwin u l-ebda qerq, tittratta ta ‘favor oħra tagħna
Lord jagħti lill-ruħ biex tagħmilha tifħir bil-qalb.
1. Ir-ruħ twal għall-mewt. 2. Ir-ruħ ma tistax tgħin li tkun mixtieqa dawn il-vantaġġi. 3. San Teresa bewails
l-inkapaċità tagħha li sservi lil Alla. 3. Fervor li jirriżulta minn ecstasies. 5. Xewqa eċċessiva biex tara Alla
għandhom jiġu mrażżna. 6. Huma jipperikolaw is-saħħa. 7. Dmugħ ta ‘spiss jiġu minn kawżi fiżiċi. 8. San
L-esperjenza ta ‘Teresa stess. 9. Xogħlijiet, mhux dmugħ, huma mitluba minn Alla. 10. CONFIDE kompletament f’Alla. 11
Il-Jubilee tar-ruħ. 12. Impossibbiltà li tinħeba din il-ferħ. 13. Sentenza tad-Dinja ta ‘dan
Jubilee. 14. Li spiss jinħass mill-sorijiet ta ‘San Ġużepp. 15. Delight tal-qaddis f’dan il-Jubilee.
1. Dawn jippreferi sublimi jħallu l-ruħ hekk xhieda ta ‘tgawdi lilu li jkun mogħti
Li l-ħajja ssir uġigħ għalkemm it-tortura Delicious, u l-mewt hija ħerqana. Bħal
Wieħed spiss jimplora Alla ma ‘tiċrit biex tieħu tagħha minn dan l-eżilju fejn dak kollu li jara l-widna
Solitudni Her.306 waħdu ġġib it-taffija kbira għal żmien, imma dalwaqt il-grief tagħha jirritorna u għadu
ma jistgħux iġorru li jkun mingħajrha. Fil-qosor, dan il-farfett żgħir fqir ma jistax isib l-ebda mistrieħ dejjiemi. Allura l-offerta hija
imħabba tagħha li fil-iċken provokazzjoni li fjammi raba u l-ruħ jieħu titjira. Għalhekk f’din il-Mansion
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Raptures jseħħu spiss ħafna, u lanqas ma jistgħu jiġu missielta anke fil-pubbliku. Persekuzzjonijiet u slanders
jirriżultaw; 307 Madankollu hi tista ‘tipprova, hi ma tistax iżżomm ħielsa mill-biżgħat issuġġeriti lilha minn tant
nies, speċjalment mill-konfressuri tagħha.
2. Għalkemm b’xi mod iħoss fiduċja kbira fi ħdan ruħ tagħha, speċjalment meta waħdu ma
Alla, iżda min-naħa l-oħra, hija mnikkta ħafna mill-misgivings lest li hija mqarrqa mid-devil
304 ‘DEXTERAM MAME et Collum Meum Cinxit Lapidibus Pretiosis; tradiidit Auribus meis inesimabiles margaritas. “Mill-uffiċċju ta ‘
San Agnes.
305 Dan bla dubju huwa l-għoti korrett ta ‘dan il-passaġġ diffiċli u joskura.
306 eskluż. II. Ara Poeżija 4, ‘Cuan Triste ES, DIOS Mio’; u ż-żewġ verżjonijiet ta ” Vivir Sin Vivir en mi. ‘(Poeżiji 3 u 4. Xogħlijiet minuri.)
307 ħajja, ch. xXV. 18.

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13. The third grace is a contempt for all earthly things unless they are consecrated to the service
of so great a God. With such jewels the Bridegroom begins to deck His Bride; they are too valuable
for her to keep them carelessly.304 These visions are so deeply engraved in her memory that I believe
she can never forget them until she enjoys them for evermore, for to do so would be the greatest
misfortune.305 But the Spouse Who gave her these gifts has power to give her grace not to lose
them.
14. I told you that courage was required by the soul, for do you think it is a trifling matter for
the spirit to feel literally separated from the body, as it does when perceiving that it is losing its
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senses without understanding the reason? There is need that He Who gives all the rest should
include fortitude. You will say this fright is well rewarded, and so say I. May He Who can bestow
such graces be for ever praised and may His Majesty vouchsafe that we may be worthy to serve
Him. Amen.
CHAPTER VI.
DESCRIBES AN EFFECT WHICH PROVES THE PRAYER SPOKEN OF IN THE LAST
CHAPTER TO BE GENUINE AND NO DECEPTION, TREATS OF ANOTHER FAVOUR OUR
LORD BESTOWS ON THE SOUL TO MAKE IT PRAISE HIM FERVENTLY.
1. The soul longs for death. 2. The soul cannot help desiring these favours. 3. St. Teresa bewails
her inability to serve God. 3. Fervour resulting from ecstasies. 5. Excessive desires to see God
should be restrained. 6. They endanger health. 7. Tears often come from Physical causes. 8. St.
Teresa’s own experience. 9. Works, not tears, are asked by God. 10. Confide entirely in God. 11.
The jubilee of the soul. 12. Impossibility of concealing this joy. 13. The world’s judgment of this
jubilee. 14. Which is often felt by the nuns of St. Joseph’s. 15. The Saint’s delight in this jubilee.
1. THESE sublime favours leave the soul so desirous of fully enjoying Him Who has bestowed
them that life becomes a painful though delicious torture, and death is ardently longed for. Such a
one often implores God with tears to take her from this exile where everything she sees wearies
her.306 Solitude alone brings great alleviation for a time, but soon her grief returns and yet she
cannot bear to be without it. In short, this poor little butterfly can find no lasting rest. So tender is
her love that at the slightest provocation it flames forth and the soul takes flight. Thus in this mansion
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raptures occur very frequently, nor can they be resisted even in public. Persecutions and slanders
ensue;307 however she may try, she cannot keep free from the fears suggested to her by so many
people, especially by her confessors.
2. Although in one way she feels great confidence within her soul, especially when alone with
God, yet on the other hand, she is greatly troubled by misgivings lest she is deceived by the devil
304 ’Dexteram meam et collum meum cinxit lapidibus pretiosis; tradidit auribus meis inestimabiles margaritas.’ From the Office of
St. Agnes.
305 This is undoubtedly the correct rendering of this difficult and obscure passage.
306 Excl. ii. See poem 4, ‘Cuan triste es, Dios mio’; and the two versions of ‘Vivir sin vivir en mi.’ (Poems 3 and 4. Minor Works.)
307 Life, ch. xxv. 18

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