Teresa of Avila on being at home with ourselves and God

From the end of the fourth chapter of Rowan Williams’ book on Teresa:

‘It is only when God has been able to love us in fullness that we are wholly there … Only when we are God-filled are we truly human.’ Until we reach God we are discontented with ourselves, our limitations, the duration of time, the pressure of our bodies: the paradoxical conclusion of the Castle is that union with God-the wholly and sovereignly ‘unworldly’, the utterly free and different – is the only thing that will stop time and mortality and the flesh feeling alien or insulting or frustrating. It is as united with God that we learn to be where we are in the world.

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