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St. Teresa of Avila
Interior Castle

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I know a person of whom, since the Lord began to grant her this favour aforementioned, forty years ago,154 it cannot be truly said that she has been a day without pains and other kinds of suffering; I mean because of her poor physical health, to say nothing of other great trials. It is true that she had been very wicked and it was all very slight by comparison with the hell that she had merited. Others, who have not so greatly offended Our Lord, will be led by Him along another way, but I should always choose the way of suffering, if only to imitate Our Lord Jesus Christ, and even were there no other special benefit to be obtained from it -- and there are always a great many. But oh, when we come to interior sufferings! If these could be described they would make all physical sufferings seem very slight, but it is impossible to describe interior sufferings and how they happen.




154 The person referred to is no doubt the author. [It was almost exactly forty years since she had professed at the Incarnation.]





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