When religion consisted mostly of externals and clergy were the only intermediaries to God, Teresa directed attention within, saying “We are not hollow inside;” the soul’s amplitude could never be exaggerated. A “late bloomer,” she reformed the Carmelites, wrote The Interior Castle, danced gracefully around the Inquisition, and became the first woman doctor of the church. Spend a few minutes thinking of yourself in Teresa’s metaphor, as a beautiful castle, the dwelling for a good Sovereign at the very center.
Romans 1:16-25; Luke 11:37-41 (468).
“But as to what is within, give alms, and behold, everything will be clean for you.”