Without question, unceasing #prayer is the most difficult thing in the world - especially if we consider our faintheartedness - and how swiftly our attention flees during the saying of one Hail Mary & if we remember the great weariness brought on by prolonged prayer ...
... and how our head hurts praying for a long time & how we cannot do as much as we would like.

In light of these & similar hardships, it is clear that unceasing prayer is akin to death & the most impossible advice that could be given to us.
If we consider, however, that #Scripture addresses those who do all things in Him who comforts them, meaning in #God, then we ought not to say that is is difficult, for the one who offers the advice, #Christ, will provide all the needed strength.
The more demanding the advice to seek sublime matters, the more willingly will He help us, for in this the glory of His Majesty is multiplied.
It follows that the life of religious should be nothing less than a foretaste of eternal #prayer - perfect silence of the heart - a flame of #charity burning forever in the heart - unwaning desire for God.
Even though active life may be necessary, #contemplation is to be principally observed.

Mary is praised for having chosen the better part, and certainly that is the life we should absolutely choose insofar as we are able to do so, but ...
If our superiors order us to the active life, we must endure it.
These comments disclose how perverse & contrary to their profession are prelates who fail to urge their subjects to the continuous labor of #prayer and instead occupy them with worldly matters. The less important these matters, the greater is their guilt.
Thinking that idleness is the soul's enemy, they do not allow their subjects the opportunity to pray because they do not understand that true idleness is to indulge in vain, fruitless endeavors.
We must be emptied of other works to give ourselves to contemplation, for it is written that those least busy in exterior works and acts will receive wisdom in the soul.


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14th Treatise
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