The Interior Life
In this introductory video, we make the link between holiness and 2 ancient maps given by God to holy men and women throughout the ages. These maps will help you to: - Set your course properly. - Bring along the proper provisions for the journey. - Avoid pitfalls along the way. - Overcome challenges. - Take the most direct way to your ultimate destination and - Determine your progress. But there are 2 basic and indispensable elements needed to set us on this road to holiness...
Two Maps to Holiness.
Maps are indispensable in the temporal order of things, but they are also very useful in the spiritual life. God granted us two maps to help us on our journey; one called "The Three Ways", which dates back to the early centuries of Christianity and the other is called "The 7 Mansions of the Interior Castle", which was given to St. Teresa of Avila. These two maps have different ways of breaking down the journey to God, but they do dovetail quite nicely together and they both bring us to that wonderful union with God.
The Seven Mansions.
Thanks to St. Teresa of Avila, we have a 2nd map of the interior life, which is known as "The Seven Mansions", where a soul journeys through "mansions" or "rooms" towards the centre of an interior castle. In this video, we make the link between the map of the "Seven Mansions" and the map of the "Three Ways" (described in a previous video).
St Thérèse of Lisieux: Spiritual Genius and Doctor of the Church (Intro)
Pope Pius XI called St Thérèse "a masterpiece of grace and nature" and stated that "if her way of spiritual childhood became general, it would bring the reform of human society"! Please join Marcel in this introductory video as he explains why St Thérèse is considered to be "the greatest saint of modern times" (Pope St Pius X), helping us to rediscover the heart of the Gospels.
St Thérèse of Lisieux and Mystical Phenomena (1)
Four characteristics, common in the lives of most saints, are conspicuously absent from the life of St Thérèse. Even though she quickly attained a high degree of holiness, St Thérèse went quite unnoticed in her own convent. One of the reasons for that was the absence of mystical phenomena.
St Thérèse of Lisieux and Methods of Prayer (3)
When interviewed, Sr. Geneviève, Thérèse's actual sister who was with her in the Carmel, revealed that her "sister had no devotions". Thérèse's prayer was really very simple; she would gaze upon God and allow Him to gaze upon her. This is how she reached the heights of holiness; by simply lifting her heart up to God and allowing His loving gaze to transform her.