~ Prayer of the Soul ~
We are so far from esteeming highly enough
our soul in which God (the Divine) so delights.
Each of us possesses a soul,
but we do not realize its value
as made in the image of God;
therefore we fail to understand
the great secrets it contains.
If we reflect, we shall see that our soul
is a paradise in which
God takes delight.
Let us think of our soul
as resembling a castle
formed of a single diamond,
or a very transparent crystal
containing many rooms,
of which some are above,
some below, others at the side.
In the center,
in the very midst of them all
is the principal chamber,
in which God and our soul
hold their most secreat intercourse.
What do you imagine
that dwelling to be,
in which a king, so mighty, so wise, and so pure–
containing all good–
can come to rest?
Nothing can be compared to
the great beauty and capabilities of our soul.
However keen our intellects be,
we are no more able
to comprehend the depths of our soul
than we are able to comprehend God,
for our soul has been created
in the image and likeness of God.
It is our soul’s likeness to God
that makes it possible for us
to commune with the God in whose image
we have been made.
~ St. Teresa of Avila