Translated from the original by Ana Giménez.
We are impressed and we even find it hard to believe, to whom instead of closing doors to spiritual life, opens them to us. Teresa is a “facilitator”. As we have seen, the starting point, is a very positive view of the human being.
We are worthy of maintaining a communication with God, full of beauty, deserving respect, created and brought up in God’s image and likeness, always indwelt by Him, even in situations of mortal sin, we are a heaven…Doors are open now and always for those who want to enter into the castle.
We tend to have a low self-esteem. It is not surprising as she also suffered a negative view of the human being.
The point of view of her spiritual Masters used to be very pessimistic. Bernardino of Laredo would start by demanding
destruction of the self by original sin. At the end of her life, her turnaround came when she opted for Bernardo of Claraval´s framework: made in God´s image- self-knowledge /meditation of the mysteries of the life of Christ / union.
We are in the first chapter of the first mansions. Evil obviously exists and all areas of life are invaded by wrongs and corruption. But she leaves all that for the second chapter of the first mansions, as evil is not first of all and it doesn´t categorize the person itself. We are not sin nor are we determined by it. Above all we are children in the Son.
Enjoy your dignity!