“Let us remember, then, that within us there is a palace of immense magnificence: the whole building is of gold and precious stones: in a word, it is every way as it ought to be for such a Lord. Forget not, also, that you are partly the cause that this edifice is such as it is; for truly there is no building of such great beauty as a pure soul, filled with virtues; and the greater these virtues are, the brighter do these stones sparkle; and that in this palace the great King lodges, who has been pleased to become your Guest; and that He sits there on a throne of immense value, which is your heart.”— Doctoris Ecclesiae (Doctor of the Church) St. Teresa of Avila (1515-1582), Spanish mystic and foundress of the Discalced Carmelites, in The Way of Perfection and Conceptions of Divine Love, translated by the Rev. John Dalton (1852)
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