Translated from the original by Ana Giménez.
The mystery of God Love and Justice has been unveiled through Jesus Christ Son. The acceptance of Christ as the perfect image of the Father has given birth to us as Christians through baptism. If you accept that, come into the second mansion without any fear.
He is going to take us by the hand in the knowledge of a way of living from the Love of God to the others. His proposal is rather simple: let us be loved by Him by being His strong friend. In order to carry this out, we need to know and to love those we meet. As in any ties of friendship we know those who love us and we love those we know. You are going to be a disciple of Jesus Christ, any text from the gospel where Jesus calls to fallow Him, will be the beginning. Look for those texts and make them your own. He is calling us to follow Him. It is a personal and non-tranferable call.
The lure to leave the Castle will still be there. There are many siren´s songs offered by society.Determination in spiritual life will be our shield.
What has been learnt up to now in the first mansion is internalized in our life, as well as self-knowledge, our dignity as human beings, the strong decision of not commiting serious sins, vocal prayer, etc. Keep on that way. We are integrating new elements to our history of love without disregarding the previous ones.
We will see teresian´s expression meaning “Very Sacred Humanity” by introducing Teresa´s Christ. We will learn the different ways to know Christ through meditation prayer; and new ways of living which will be transforming our life, according to her vocabulary, “effects” or “virtues”.
The thermometer is not read by our own efforts but by the “desire” and “determination” of love and let ourselves be loved. We are living crucial times for the future of Church, we need God and He needs us, so as Christianity won´t die in this era of change. Today more than ever Jesus needs “strong friends of God”.
A warm hug to the whole group.