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Courage

When we proceed with all this caution, we find stumbling blocks everywhere; for we are afraid of everything, and so dare not to go further, as if we could arrive at these Mansions by letting others make the journey for

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Escape Velocity

The penances done by these persons are as carefully ordered as their lives. They have a great desire for penance, so that by means of it they may serve Our Lord — and there is nothing wrong in that —

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Distractions

Teresa of Avila gives three examples of how godly and prayerful people can be distracted from following Jesus: First example: A wealthy person without an heir loses a portion of their wealth, yet still has enough to live on. Teresa

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The Problem with Spiritual Maturity

I have known a few souls who . . . for many years lived an upright and carefully ordered life, both in soul and in body and then, after all these years, when it has seemed as if they must

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