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St. Teresa of Avila
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These effects God bestows, together with all those other good effects already described in the above-mentioned degrees of prayer, when the soul approaches Him, and He also gives the soul that kiss for which the Bride besought Him; for I understand it to be in this Mansion that that petition is fulfilled. Here to this wounded hart are given waters in abundance. Here the soul delights in the tabernacle of God.242 Here the dove sent out by Noe to see if the storm is over finds the olive-branch243 -- the sign that it has discovered firm ground amidst the waters and storms of this world.




242 Apocalypse xxi, 3.


243 Genesis viii, 8, 9.





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