Ittielet Mansions70Kapitolu ITittratta talinsigurt

It-tielet Mansions
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Kapitolu I.
Tittratta tal-insigurtà tal-ħajja f’dan l-eżilju, madankollu għolja nistgħu nkunu
Mqajma, u ta ‘kif irridu dejjem nimxu fil-biża’. Fih xi tajba
PUNTI.
1. erwieħ fit-tielet Mansions. 2. Insigurtà ta ‘din il-ħajja. 3. Il-periklu tagħna li naqsu mill-grazzja. 4.
Il-qaddis bewails ħajja passat tagħha. 5. Il-patroċinju tal-Madonna. 6. Biża meħtieġa anke għal reliġjużi. 7.
Il-kontrazzjoni ta ‘San Teresa. 8. Karatteristiċi ta ‘dawk fit-tielet Mansions. 9. Il-Man Żagħżugħ Rich
fl-Evanġelju. 10. Raġuni tal-ariditajiet fit-talb. 11. Umiltà. 12. TEPIDITY. 13. Irridu nagħtu lil kulħadd lil
Alla. 14. Id-dejn tagħna. 15. Konsolazzjonijiet u ariditajiet.
1. Fir-rigward ta ‘dawk li, mill-ħniena ta’ Alla, għeruq f’dawn il-ġlied u jibqgħu perseverati
sakemm laħqu t-tielet mansions, x’nistgħu ngħidu lilhom imma “mbierek huwa r-raġel li jibża ‘
Il-Mulej “? 86 Mhuwiex favur żgħir minn Alla li għandi nkun nista ‘nissarraf dan il-poeżiji fl-Ispanjol
Sabiex tispjega t-tifsira tagħha, meta tikkunsidra kif dens I normalment am fil-kwistjonijiet bħal dawn. Nistgħu ukoll
Sejħa dawn l-erwieħ mbierka, għal, safejn nistgħu ngħidu, sakemm ma jdurux fil-kors tagħhom huma fuq
it-triq sigura għas-salvazzjoni. Issa, is-sorijiet tiegħi, tara kemm hu importanti għalihom li jirbħu fihom
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eks ġlidiet, għal I am konvint li Mulej tagħna se issa qatt ma jibqgħux iżommuhom fil
Sigurtà tal-kuxjenza, li mhijiex barka żgħira.
2. Jiena ħażin li ngħid ‘sigurtà,’ għax m’hemmx sigurtà f’din il-ħajja; jifhmu li f’tali
Każijiet I dejjem jimplikaw: “Jekk ma jibqgħux ikomplu kif bdew.” Dak miżerja li jgħixu fil
Din id-dinja! Aħna bħall-irġiel li l-għedewwa tagħhom huma fil-bieb, li m’għandhomx jwarrbu l-armi tagħhom, anke
Filwaqt li torqod jew tiekol, u huma dejjem fil dread lest l-foe għandhom jidħlu fil-fortizza minn xi wħud
jikser fil-ħitan. O Lord tiegħi u tiegħi kollha! Kif canst thou jixtiequ magħna premju tali miżeru
Eżistenza? Aħna ma setgħux jixtiequ mill-longing u tallaba fit-toroq biex jieħdu magħna minnha, ma kinux għal
It-tama li titlefha għal raġunijiet ta ‘jsw jew tiddedikaha kompletament lil is-servizz ta’ Thy-u fuq kollox. Minħabba
Nafu li huwa jsw se li għandna ngħixu. Peress li huwa hekk, “Ejjew jmutu ma Thee! ’87 bħala St Thomas
qal, biex tkun ‘il bogħod minn Thee huwa imma li jmutu għal darb’oħra u għal darb’oħra, haunted kif aħna mill-dread ta’
Jitilfu thee għal dejjem!
3. Huwa għalhekk li ngħid, ibniet, li suppost nitolbu lil Mulej bħala l-barka tagħna biex nagħtuna ġurnata waħda
biex nitkellem fis-sigurtà mal-qaddisin, għal biżgħat bħal dawn, dak pjaċir tista ‘tgawdi minnha biss
pjaċir huwa li jekk jogħġbok Alla? Ftakar, ħafna qaddisin ħassew hekk kif nagħmlu, u kienu saħansitra ħafna iktar
fervent, iżda waqa ‘fi dnub gravi, u ma nistgħux inkunu ċert li Alla jiġġebbed idejk biex jgħolli
mill-ġdid mid-dnub biex jagħmlu tali penitenza kif imwettqa. Dan japplika għal grazzja straordinarja.88
86 PS. CXI: 1. ‘Beatus Vir Qui Timet Dominum.’
87 San Ġwann XI. 16: “Eamus et nos Moriamur cum eo.”
88 Dawn l-aħħar kliem, fil-marġni, iżda fil-kalligrafija tal-qaddis, ġew skorja permezz ta ‘wieħed miċ-ċensura, iżda Fr. Luis De.
Leon kiteb taħt, (kif għamel f’każijiet oħra) ‘xejn biex jinqasam.’

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THE THIRD MANSIONS
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CHAPTER I.
TREATS OF THE INSECURITY OF LIFE IN THIS EXILE, HOWEVER HIGH WE MAY BE
RAISED, AND OF HOW WE MUST ALWAYS WALK IN FEAR. CONTAINS SOME GOOD
POINTS.
1. Souls in the Third Mansions. 2. Insecurity of this life. 3. Our danger of falling from grace. 4.
The Saint bewails her past life. 5. Our Lady’s patronage. 6. Fear necessary even for religious. 7.
St. Teresa’s contrition. 8. Characteristics of those in the Third Mansions. 9. The rich young man
in the Gospel. 10. Reason of aridities in prayer. 11. Humility. 12. Tepidity. 13. We must give all to
God. 14. Our debt. 15. Consolations and aridities.
1. As for those who, by the mercy of God, have vanquished in these combats and persevered
until they reached the third mansions, what can we say to them but ‘Blessed is the man that feareth
the Lord’?86 It is no small favour from God that I should be able to translate this verse into Spanish
so as to explain its meaning, considering how dense I usually am in such matters. We may well
call these souls blessed, for, as far as we can tell, unless they turn back in their course they are on
the safe road to salvation. Now, my sisters, you see how important it is for them to conquer in their
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former struggles, for I am convinced that our Lord will henceforth never cease to keep them in
security of conscience, which is no small boon.
2. I am wrong in saying ‘security,’ for there is no security in this life; understand that in such
cases I always imply: ‘If they do not cease to continue as they have begun.’ What misery to live in
this world! We are like men whose enemies are at the door, who must not lay aside their arms, even
while sleeping or eating, and are always in dread lest the foe should enter the fortress by some
breach in the walls. O my Lord and my all! How canst Thou wish us to prize such a wretched
existence? We could not desist from longing and begging Thee to take us from it, were it not for
the hope of losing it for Thy sake or devoting it entirely to Thy service—and above all. because
we know it is Thy will that we should live. Since it is so, ‘Let us die with Thee!’87 as St. Thomas
said, for to be away from Thee is but to die again and again, haunted as we are by the dread of
losing Thee for ever!
3. This is why I say, daughters, that we ought to ask our Lord as our boon to grant us one day
to dwell in safety with the Saints, for with such fears, what pleasure can she enjoy whose only
pleasure is to please God? Remember, many Saints have felt this as we do, and were even far more
fervent, yet fell into grave sin, and we cannot be sure that God would stretch forth His hand to raise
us from sin again to do such penance as they performed. This applies to extraordinary grace.88
86 Ps. cxi: 1. ‘Beatus vir qui timet Dominum.’
87 St. John xi. 16: ‘Eamus et nos ut moriamur cum eo.’
88 These last words, in the margin, but in the handwriting of the Saint, were scored through by one of the censors, but Fr. Luis de
Leon wrote underneath, (as he did in other cases) ‘Nothing to be crossed out.’

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