Lewwel Mansions38Kapitolu IDan ilkapitolu tittratt

L-ewwel Mansions
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Kapitolu I.
Dan il-kapitolu tittratta s-sbuħija u d-dinjità tal-erwieħ tagħna u jagħmel
Paragun biex tispjega dan. Il – vantaġġ li tkun taf u. \ T
Nifhmu dan u l – għotjiet ta ‘Alla għalina huwa muri, u
Kif talb huwa l-bieb tal-kastell spiritwali.
1. Pjan ta ‘dan il-ktieb. 2. Il-kastell ta ‘ġewwa. 3. L-injoranza nnifisha tiffavorita tagħna. 4. Alla dwells fil-
ċentru tar-ruħ. 5. Għaliex l-erwieħ kollha ma jirċevux ċerti vantaġġi. 6. Raġunijiet għat-taħdit ta ‘dawn
jiffavorixxi. 7. Id-daħla tal-kastell. 8. Daħħal ruħu. 9. Talb. 10. Dawk li joqogħdu fihom
l-ewwel Mansion. 11. jidħlu. 12. Diffikultajiet tas-suġġett.
1. Filwaqt I kien tallabagging Lord tagħna għal jum biex jitkellmu għalija, peress I kien jaf ma dak li jgħidu u lanqas
Kif tibda dan ix-xogħol li ubbidjenza stabbiliet fuqi, idea seħħet lili li I
Se jispjega, u li jservi bħala bażi għal dak li għandi nikteb.
2. Ħsibt tar-ruħ kif jixbħu kastell, 31 iffurmat ta ‘djamant wieħed jew trasparenti ħafna
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Crystal, 32 u li fih ħafna kmamar, bħal fil-ġenna hemm ħafna Mansions.33 jekk nirriflettu,
Sorijiet, se naraw li r-ruħ tal-bniedem biss huwa imma ġenna, li fiha, Alla jgħidilna, hu jieħu
Delight.34 tiegħu X’inhuma, timmaġina, trid li d-dar tkun li fiha re hekk mighty, hekk għaqli,
U għalhekk pur, li fih fih innifsu l-ġid kollu, jista ‘jgawdi l-mistrieħ? Xejn ma jista ‘jiġi mqabbel mal-
Sbuħija kbira u kapaċitajiet ta ‘ruħ; Madankollu ħerqana l-intelletti tagħna, huma kapaċi
tifhemhom biex tifhem Alla, għax qalulna, huwa ħoloqna fl-immaġni tiegħu stess
u likness.35.
3. Peress li dan huwa hekk, għandna bżonn ma tajer nfusna billi tipprova tirrealizza l-sbuħija ta ‘dan kastell,
Għalkemm, hija kreatura tiegħu, hemm id-differenza bejn ir-ruħ u Alla li hemm
bejn il-kreatura u l-kreatur; Il-fatt li huwa magħmul fl-immaġni ta ‘Alla tgħallimna kemm
huma d-dinjità u l-imħabba tagħha. Mhuwiex sfortuna żgħira u disgrace li, permezz tat-tort tagħna stess,
Aħna la nifhmu n-natura tagħna u lanqas l-oriġini tagħna. Ma jkunx injoranza grossa, ibniet tiegħi,
Jekk, meta raġel ġie mistoqsi dwar ismu, jew il-pajjiż, jew il-ġenituri, ma setax iwieġeb? Stupid.
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Peress li dan ikun, huwa unspeakably aktar foolish għall-kura biex jitgħallmu xejn ta ‘natura tagħna ħlief dak
Għandna korpi, u biss biex nirrealizzaw vagament li għandna erwieħ, għax in-nies jgħidu hekk u huwa
duttrina tal-fidi. Rarament nistgħu nirriflettu fuq liema rigali l-erwieħ tagħna jista ‘jkollu, li joqogħdu fi ħdan
31 mod ta ‘perfezzjoni, ch. XXVIII, 9.
32 Fil-ħajja tagħha St Teresa qabblu Alla ma ‘djamant (ch. XL, 14); u bnadi oħra (ch. XI, 10) ir-ruħ għal ġnien fejn il-Mulej tagħna
jieħu pjaċir tiegħu.
33 San Ġwann XIV. 2: ‘Fid-Domo Patris Mei Mansiones multiċi Sunt.’ San Ġwann tas-Salib juża l-istess paragun: ‘Jekk ir-ruħ għandha
jingħelbu l-devil fl-ewwel miġġielda, għandu mbagħad jgħaddi għat-tieni; u jekk għandu jkun rebbieħa hemm ukoll, għandu mbagħad
jgħaddi għat-tielet; u mbagħad permezz tas-seba ‘Mansions, is-seba’ gradi ta ‘l-imħabba, sakemm il-bridegroom għandha ġġibha għall-
“Kantina tal-inbid” ta ‘karità perfetta. “(Ascent tal-Muntanja Carmel, BK. II. CH. XI. 7.)
34 PROV. VIII. 31: “deliciæ Meæ Esse cum filiis hominum.”
35 Ġen. I. 26: “Faciamus hominem ad immaġinazzjoni et similitutudinem nostram.”

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THE FIRST MANSIONS
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CHAPTER I.
THIS CHAPTER TREATS OF THE BEAUTY AND DIGNITY OF OUR SOULS AND MAKES
A COMPARISON TO EXPLAIN THIS. THE ADVANTAGE OF KNOWING AND
UNDERSTANDING THIS AND THE FAVOURS GOD GRANTS TO US IS SHOWN, AND
HOW PRAYER IS THE GATE OF THE SPIRITUAL CASTLE.
1. Plan of this book. 2. The Interior Castle. 3. Our curable self ignorance. 4. God dwells in the
centre of the soul. 5. Why all souls do not receive certain favours. 6. Reasons for speaking of these
favours. 7. The entrance of the Castle. 8. Entering into oneself. 9. Prayer. 10. Those who dwell in
the first mansion. 11. Entering. 12. Difficulties of the subject.
1. WHILE I was begging our Lord to-day to speak for me, since I knew not what to say nor
how to commence this work which obedience has laid upon me, an idea occurred to me which I
will explain, and which will serve as a foundation for that I am about to write.
2. I thought of the soul as resembling a castle,31 formed of a single diamond or a very transparent
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crystal,32 and containing many rooms, just as in heaven there are many mansions.33 If we reflect,
sisters, we shall see that the soul of the just man is but a paradise, in which, God tells us, He takes
His delight.34 What, do you imagine, must that dwelling be in which a King so mighty, so wise,
and so pure, containing in Himself all good, can delight to rest? Nothing can be compared to the
great beauty and capabilities of a soul; however keen our intellects may be, they are as unable to
comprehend them as to comprehend God, for, as He has told us, He created us in His own image
and likeness.35
3. As this is so, we need not tire ourselves by trying to realize all the beauty of this castle,
although, being His creature, there is all the difference between the soul and God that there is
between the creature and the Creator; the fact that it is made in God’s image teaches us how great
are its dignity and loveliness. It is no small misfortune and disgrace that, through our own fault,
we neither understand our nature nor our origin. Would it not be gross ignorance, my daughters,
if, when a man was questioned about his name, or country, or parents, he could not answer? Stupid
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as this would be, it is unspeakably more foolish to care to learn nothing of our nature except that
we possess bodies, and only to realize vaguely that we have souls, because people say so and it is
a doctrine of faith. Rarely do we reflect upon what gifts our souls may possess, Who dwells within
31 Way of Perfection, ch. xxviii, 9.
32 In her Life St. Teresa likened God to a diamond (ch. xl, 14); and elsewhere (ch. xi, 10) the soul to a garden wherein our Lord
takes His delight.
33 St. John xiv. 2: ‘In domo Patris mei mansiones multæ sunt.’ St. John of the Cross uses the same comparison: ‘If the soul shall
overcome the devil in the first combat, it shall then pass on to the second; and if it shall be victorious there also, it shall then
pass on to the third; and then through the seven mansions, the seven degrees of love, until the Bridegroom shall bring it to the
“cellar of wine” of perfect charity.’ (Ascent of Mount Carmel, bk. ii. ch. xi. 7.)
34 Prov. viii. 31: ‘Deliciæ meæ esse cum filiis hominum.’
35 Gen. i. 26: ‘Faciamus hominem ad imaginem et similitudinem nostram.’

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