Relic with dried heart of Teresa of Avila. To venerate the relics of the saints is allowed in the Catholic faith.
Nuns kissing relic with bones of Teresa’s hand. Dictator Francisco Franco had relic of hand until his death.
There are other stories, e.g. Magdalena of the Cross (1487–1560), a mystic of outstanding piety & much prestige across Spain, who experienced same ‘spiritual ecstasies’, visions, levitation, stigmata, etc., but before dying confessed (30 years after becoming a nun), that she had made a pact with the devil! But nobody knew or noticed any difference for so many years, because her manifestations were exactly the same as the rest of the Catholic mystics.
She was 62 (1577) when wrote in less than 6 months, her book called ‘The Mansions‘ or ‘The Inner Castle‘ in obedience to an assignment given by her spiritual leaders. The first paragraph is her complaining about that. Later she saidd got the vision of a crystal globe with 7 mansions (& even more mansions) with God in the center.
The book is a guide to spiritual purification, describing the soul as a castle with 7 mansions, on the path to a mystical union/marriage with the divine ‘Majesty’ in the center or innermost mansion. She wrote that by emptying oneself of all attachments to creatures, God then comes and fills the soul with Himself, but this is Catholic doctrine about sin & purgatory, CCC #1472. At the end of the journey the soul would reach Spiritual Marriage in the 7th Mansion, the souls is free from sin & have union with God.
I published this dream on January 1st 2014 in a blog (in Spanish), but I decided to publish it here also. It is about an event that I think we may see in the very near future and I ask each reader to please seek God for confirmation & direction. I do not know with certainty the time when it will occur, but I’m posting this mainly so that believers (the Church) can intercede and prepare spiritually for things coming our way.
Brethren, be not children in understanding: howbeit in malice be ye children, but in understanding be men. 1 Cor.14:20
Abrahamic Faith Initiative
Grand Imam of Al Azhar , Pope Francis & Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi , Feb. 2019
There was a WORLD peace plan document signed on Feb. 4th 2019 by Pope Francis in Abu Dhabi, UAE, called ‘Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace‘ : ‘The pope and the grand imam of al-Azhar have signed a historic declaration of fraternity, calling for peace between nations, religions and races, in front of a global audience of religious leaders from Christianity, Islam, Judaism and other faiths.” see more here.
Your word I have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You. Psalm 119:11
When you check the doctrine of Catholic mystics you realize they didn’t understand the gospel according to the Bible (salvation by faith in Jesus sacrifice, not by works, Eph.2:8-9). But they believed their works & sacrifices were needed to ‘ascend‘ & get closer to God. Jesus Christ was not their mediator, but different ‘saints’ that they called patrons or advocates. Most of their doctrines (& even their visions) came from the traditions of the Catholic Church, not the Bible.
Catholics believe in the cleansing fires of purgatory (from Apocrypha book of 2 Maccabees 12 & misinterpretation of 1 Cor.3:15 & 1 Pet 1:7) & believe sin has a double consequence (CCC #1472), which are non-Biblical concepts, but interpretations according to their traditions. In other words they believe Jesus’ sacrifice was NOT sufficient to clean us from sin!
Gospel of John, Chapter 2:
Jesus’ Public Ministry is found in chapters 2-11 in the book of John.
1/ Changing Water into Wine (2:1-12)
2/ Cleansing the Temple (2:13-25)
About a year ago a relative showed me a couple of videos made by the Bible Project, they are short animated videos teaching the Bible and I really loved their animations, & the high quality of their presentation. After watching a few more videos, I found that the most important part, their bible teachings, have a lot of interpretation or personal opinions, not everything was biblical base. Later in another video I found they didn’t believe in hell, even this is a basic doctrine accepted by all Christians, which is denied only by sects like Jehovah Witnesses & others like them. So even a lot of ministries were using their videos as tools to teach the Bible, I stopped watching them, because after my personal experience of coming out from a system full of wrong doctrines (Catholicism), I value sound doctrine more than anything else.
Some Christian teachers proudly proclaim they embrace everybody & their beliefs, because they don’t want to be divisive. This may sound good to many of you, but is not a biblical teaching. Some may even consider themselves a better person because of this ecumenical approach & cite part of Romans 16:17 as proof for that:
‘Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences’
Even all four gospels are complementary and all tell about the story of Jesus, the gospel of John is different from the gospel of Matthew, Mark & Luke. The differences between these three Gospels and John’s include the language used, the timeline, the material covered, e.g. there is no record of the genealogy of Jesus’ birth or childhood, but also there is a unique approach by John to the life and ministry of Jesus, giving emphasis to the Divine nature of our Lord Jesus Christ.