Saturday, February 12, 2011

Resting content with having merely desired the impossible

"the devil sometimes puts ambitious desires into our hearts, so that, instead of setting our hand to the work which lies nearest to us, and thus serving Our Lord in ways within our power, we may rest content with having desired the impossible."

St. Teresa of Avila, Interior castle, Seventh mansions, chap. 4 (Complete works of St. Teresa of Jesus, translated and edited by E. Allison Peers, vol. 2 (London: Sheed & Ward, 1946), 349).

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