Issensi u limmainazzjoni mgandhom xejn xjaqsmu mag

Is-sensi u l-immaġinazzjoni m’għandhom xejn x’jaqsmu magħhom, filwaqt li l-ispirti ħżiena ma jistgħux jaġixxu direttament
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Fuq il-moħħ, u l-awto-qerq huwa kompletament eskluż għar-raġunijiet iddikjarati minn San Teresa. An.
każ ta ‘viżjoni bħal din hija msemmija minn San Pawl:’ Naf raġel fi Kristu ‘l fuq minn erbatax-il sena
ilu (kemm jekk fil-ġisem ma nafx, jew barra mill-ġisem li ma nafx: Alla jaf), wieħed
RAPT anke għat-tielet ġenna. U naf tali raġel (kemm jekk fil-ġisem jew barra mill-ġisem, jien
taf mhux: Alla jaf): Li kien maqbud fil-ġenna, u sema ‘kliem sigriet, li huwa
mhux mogħti lill-bniedem biex jitkellem “(2 Kor. XII. 2-4).
Kapitolu III.
Tittratta tal-istess suġġett u tal-mod kif Alla huwa kuntent li
Kellem lir-ruħ. Kif għandna naġixxu f’tali każ, li fihom aħna
M’għandhomx isegwu l-opinjoni tagħna stess. Jagħti sinjali biex juru kif tiskopri
Jekk dan il-favur huwiex qerq jew le: dan huwa notevoli ħafna.
1. Lokazzjonijiet. 2. Xi kultant ikkawżat minn melancholia. 3. Attenzjoni meħtieġa għall-ewwel. 4. Lokazzjonijiet ta ‘spiss
waqt it-talb. 5. Irreżisti dawk li fihom duttrina falza. 6. L-ewwel sinjal ta ‘loctions ġenwini.
7. Effett tal-kliem: “Mhux inkwetat.” 8. “Huwa I, ma jibżgħux.” 9. “Be fil-paċi.” 10. It-tieni sinjal.
11. It-tielet sinjal. 12. Id-Devil jissuġġerixxi dubji dwar il-lokazzjonijiet veri. 13. Kunfidenza tar-ruħ
ippremjat. 14. Il-ferħ tagħha li tara l-kliem ta ‘Alla vverifikata. 15. entużjażmu tagħha għall-unur t’Alla. 16. Ploitions.
coining mill-fancy. 17. Tweġibiet immaġinarji mogħtija għat-talb. 18. Confessur għandu jiġi kkonsultat
dwar il-lokazzjonijiet. 19. Lokazzjonijiet ta ‘ġewwa. 20. L-ewwel sinjal ta ‘lokazzjonijiet interni ġenwini. 21. It-tieni sinjal.
22. It-tielet sinjal. 23. Ir-Raba ‘Sinjal. 24. Il-ħames sinjal. 25. Riżultati tal-lokazzjonijiet veri. 26. Huma għandhom ineħħu
allarm. 27. Tweġiba għal oġġezzjoni.
1. Alla jaqa ‘l-ruħ b’mod ieħor li, għalkemm f’xi modi apparentement akbar
favur minn dak imsemmi hawn fuq, iżda jista ‘jirriżulta aktar perikolużi, għalhekk jien nagħti ftit
Dettalji dwarha. Jagħmel dan permezz ta ‘kliem indirizzat lir-ruħ f’ħafna modi differenti;
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Xi drabi jidhru li ġejjin minn; Fi żminijiet oħra mill-fond ta ‘ġewwa tar-ruħ; Or.
għal darb’oħra, mill-parti superjuri tagħha; Filwaqt diskorsi oħra huma hekk barra li jinstemgħu mill-widnejn bħal
vuċi reali.
2. Fi żminijiet, tabilħaqq ħafna drabi, dan jista ‘jkun biss fancy; speċjalment ma ‘persuni ta’ vivaċi
immaġinazzjoni jew li huma milquta ma ‘melankoniku għal kwalunkwe punt notevoli. Naħseb li l-ebda attenzjoni
għandhom jitħallsu lil jew klassi ta ‘nies meta jgħidu li jaraw, jisimgħu, jew jitgħallmu xejn supernaturalment.
Ma jiddisturbawhomx billi qal li niġu mill-devil, 238 iżda jisimgħu lilhom bħallikieku kienu
Persuni morda. Ħalli l-prijorità jew konfessur li lilhom jgħidu l-istorja tagħhom, jaħsbu li mhux iktar minn
Hija bħala kwistjonijiet bħal dawn mhumiex essenzjali fis-servizz ta ‘Alla: Il-Devil qarraq ħafna Insara
Għalhekk, għalkemm forsi mhux hekk fil-każ tagħhom; għalhekk m’għandhomx għalfejn inkwetaw ruħhom
it. Għalhekk irridu jakkomodaw lilna nfusna għall-umoriżmu tagħhom: jekk aħna jgħidulhom il-fancies tagħhom jipproċedu minn
238 ħajja, ch. XXIII. 114.

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the senses and imagination have nothing to do with them, whilst evil spirits are unable to act directly
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upon the mind, and self-deception is altogether excluded for the reasons stated by St. Teresa. An
instance of such a vision is mentioned by St. Paul: ‘I know a man in Christ above fourteen years
ago (whether in the body I know not, or out of the body I know not: God knoweth), such an one
rapt even to the third heaven. And I know such a man (whether in the body or out of the body, I
know not: God knoweth): that he was caught up into paradise, and heard secret words, which it is
not granted to man to utter’ (2 Cor. xii. 2-4).
CHAPTER III.
TREATS OF THE SAME SUBJECT AND OF THE WAY GOD IS SOMETIMES PLEASED TO
SPEAK TO THE SOUL. HOW WE SHOULD BEHAVE IN SUCH A CASE, IN WHICH WE
MUST NOT FOLLOW OUR OWN OPINION. GIVES SIGNS TO SHOW HOW TO DISCOVER
WHETHER THIS FAVOUR IS A DECEPTION OR NOT: THIS IS VERY NOTEWORTHY.
1. Locutions. 2. Sometimes caused by melancholia. 3. Caution needed at first. 4. Locutions frequently
occur during prayer. 5. Resist those containing false doctrine. 6. First sign of genuine locutions.
7. Effect of the words: ‘Be not troubled.’ 8. ‘It is I, be not afraid.’ 9. ‘Be at Peace.’ 10. Second sign.
11. Third sign. 12. The devil suggests doubts about true locutions. 13. Confidence of the soul
rewarded. 14. Its joy at seeing God’s words verified. 15. Its zeal for God’s honour. 16. Locutions
coining from the fancy. 17. Imaginary answers given to prayer. 18. A confessor should be consulted
about locutions. 19. Interior locutions. 20. First sign of genuine interior locutions. 21. Second sign.
22. Third sign. 23. Fourth sign. 24. Fifth sign. 25. Results of true locutions. 26. They should remove
alarm. 27. Answer to an objection.
1. GOD arouses the soul in another manner which, though in some ways apparently a greater
favour than the above mentioned, yet may prove more dangerous, therefore I will give some
particulars about it. He does this by means of words addressed to the soul in many different ways;
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sometimes they appear to come from without; at other times from the inner depths of the soul; or
again, from its superior part; while other speeches are so exterior as to be heard by the ears like a
real voice.
2. At times, indeed very often, this may be only a fancy; especially with persons of a lively
imagination or who are afflicted with melancholy to any marked extent. I think that no attention
should be paid to either class of people when they say they see, hear, or learn anything supernaturally.
Do not disturb them by saying that it comes from the devil,238 but listen to them as if they were
sick persons. Let the prioress or confessor to whom they tell their story bid them think no more of
it as such matters are not essential in the service of God: the devil has deceived many Christians
thus, although perhaps it is not so in their case; therefore they need not trouble themselves about
it. Thus we must accomodate ourselves to their humour: if we tell them their fancies proceed from
238 Life, ch. xxiii. 114.

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