Regarding spiritual favors: “if they come from God, they come laden with love and fortitude, by the help of which a soul can progress with less labor and grow continually in good works and virtues.” (Teresa of Avila: Third Mansions: Chapter Two)
As we near the Fourth Mansions, spiritual favors begin to play a prominent role. Spiritual favors shatter complacency and fuel growth. Properly applied, they lead to good works, virtue, praise, love, and fortitude. Also with spiritual favors, the progress of our souls takes place with less effort. While spiritual favors add substance, Teresa says, “perfection consists not in consolations (spiritual favors) but in the increase in love”. When the immature use spiritual favors as a litmus test of spiritual health or to incite competition they do great damage.
If we receive spiritual favors — fantastic. If they do not come, plan on God blessing us in other ways. But let our focus be on increasing our love.
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