12 Tista taseb ibniet tiegi li dan kollu ma jikkon

12. Tista ‘taħseb, ibniet tiegħi, li dan kollu ma jikkonċernax lilek, għax, mill-grazzja ta’ Alla,
Int iktar ‘il bogħod avvanzat; Madankollu, trid tkun paċenzja miegħi, għax nista ‘nispjega lili nnifsi fuq xi wħud
Kwistjonijiet spiritwali dwar it-talb bl-ebda mod ieħor. Jista ‘l-Mulej tagħna jippermettini nitkellem mal-punt;
Is-suġġett huwa l-aktar diffiċli biex tinftiehem mingħajr esperjenza personali ta ‘grazzji bħal dawn. Kwalunkwe wieħed
li rċevihom se jkunu jafu kemm huwa impossibbli li jiġi evitat li jmissu fuq suġġetti li, mill-
Ħniena ta ‘Alla, qatt mhu se japplika għalina.
Kapitolu II.
Jiddeskrivi d-dehra hideous ta ‘ruħ fid-dnub mortali kif żvelat
Minn Alla għal xi waħda: toffri ftit rimarki dwar l-awto-għarfien: dan
Il-kapitolu huwa utli peress li fih xi punti li jeħtieġu attenzjoni. An.
Spjegazzjoni tal-Mansions.
1. Effetti tad-dnub mortali. 2. Jipprevjeni l-mertu li jikseb ir-ruħ. 3. Ir-ruħ meta mqabbla ma ‘siġra. 4.
Disturb tar-ruħ fid-dnub mortali. 5. Viżjoni ta ‘ruħ sinful. 6. Qligħ li tirrealizza dawn il-lezzjonijiet. 7.
Talb. 8. Sbuħija tal-kastell. 9. Awto-Għarfien 10. Miksuba billi meditating fuq il-perfezzjonijiet divina.
11. Vantaġġi ta ‘tali meditazzjoni. 12. Kristu għandu jkun il-mudell tagħna. 13. Il-devil entraps jibdew.
14. Is-saħħa tagħna għandha tiġi minn Alla. 15. dnub blinds-ruħ. 16. Worldliness. 17. Id-dinja f ‘
il-cloister. 18. Assolvi tal-devil. 19. Eżempji ta ‘l-arti tad-devil. 20. Perfezzjoni tikkonsisti
karità. 21. Indiscreet Zeal. 22. Periklu ta ‘detentur.
1. Qabel tmur farther, nixtieq li inti tikkunsidra l-istat li fih SIN46 mortali ġġib dan
Kastell sabiħ u sabiħ, din il-perla tal-Lvant, din is-siġra tal-ħajja, imħawla ħdejn il-ħajja
46.
Ilmijiet ta ‘Life47 li jissimbolizzaw lil Alla nnifsu. L-ebda lejl jista ‘jkun daqshekk skur, l-ebda gloom u lanqas blackness
jistgħu jqabblu mal-oskurità tiegħu. Biżżejjed ngħid li x-xemx fiċ-ċentru tar-ruħ, li tatha
Tali Splendor u sbuħija, huwa totalment eklissi, għalkemm l-ispirtu huwa kif imwaħħal biex igawdi l-preżenza ta ‘Alla
Kif inhu l-kristall biex jirriflettu l-Sun.48
2. Filwaqt li r-ruħ tinsab fid-dnub mortali xejn ma jista ‘jibbenefikaha; L-ebda xogħol tajjeb tiegħu jistħoqqilha eterna
premju, peress li ma jipproċedux minn Alla bħala l-ewwel prinċipju tagħhom, u minnu waħdu huwa saħħa tagħna
virtu reali. Ir-ruħ separata minnu m’għadhiex pjaċir fl-għajnejn tiegħu, għax billi tikkommetti
dnub mortali, minflok tfittex li jekk jogħġbok Alla, hija tippreferi li gratify-devil, il-prinċep ta ‘dlam,
U hekk jiġu biex jaqsmu blackness tiegħu. Jien kont naf persuna li lilha Lord tagħna żvela r-riżultat ta ‘
SIN49 Mortal U Min qal li ħasbu li ħadd ma rrealizza l-effetti tiegħu jista ‘qatt jimpenjah, imma
jsofru tormenti unimaginable biex jevitawha. Din il-viżjoni għamilha xewqana ħafna għal kulħadd biex taqbadha
Din il-verita ‘, għalhekk nitolbok, it-tifel tiegħi, nitolbu bil-qalb lil Alla għall-midinbin, li jgħixu fihom
għama u jagħmlu atti ta ‘dlam.
46 ħajja, ch. xxxviii. 31; ch. xl. 15.
47 PS. i. 3: ‘Et Erit Tamquam Lignum Quod Placulatum Kul Secus Decursus Aquarum.’
48 mod ta ‘perf. ch. XXVIII. 9.
49 F’dan il-biċċa l-kbira tal-każijiet l-oħra meta l-qaddis jitkellem ta ‘persuna li taf, “tfisser ruħha. Ħajja, ch. XL, 15.

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12. You may think, my daughters, that all this does not concern you, because, by God’s grace,
you are farther advanced; still, you must be patient with me, for I can explain myself on some
spiritual matters concerning prayer in no other way. May our Lord enable me to speak to the point;
the subject is most difficult to understand without personal experience of such graces. Any one
who has received them will know how impossible it is to avoid touching on subjects which, by the
mercy of God, will never apply to us.
CHAPTER II.
DESCRIBES THE HIDEOUS APPEARANCE OF A SOUL IN MORTAL SIN AS REVEALED
BY GOD TO SOME ONE: OFFERS A FEW REMARKS ON SELF-KNOWLEDGE: THIS
CHAPTER IS USEFUL AS IT CONTAINS SOME POINTS REQUIRING ATTENTION. AN
EXPLANATION OF THE MANSIONS.
1. Effects of mortal sin. 2. It prevents the soul’s gaining merit. 3. The soul compared to a tree. 4.
Disorder of the soul in mortal sin. 5. Vision of a sinful soul. 6. Profit of realizing these lessons. 7.
Prayer. 8. Beauty of the Castle. 9. Self-knowledge 10. Gained by meditating on the divine perfections.
11. Advantages of such meditation. 12. Christ should be our model. 13. The devil entraps beginners.
14. Our strength must come from God. 15. Sin blinds the soul. 16. Worldliness. 17. The world in
the cloister. 18. Assaults of the devil. 19. Examples of the devil’s arts. 20. Perfection consists in
charity. 21. Indiscreet zeal. 22. Danger of detraction.
1. BEFORE going farther, I wish you to consider the state to which mortal sin46 brings this
magnificent and beautiful castle, this pearl of the East, this tree of life, planted beside the living
46
waters of life47 which symbolize God Himself. No night can be so dark, no gloom nor blackness
can compare to its obscurity. Suffice it to say that the sun in the centre of the soul, which gave it
such splendour and beauty, is totally eclipsed, though the spirit is as fitted to enjoy God’s presence
as is the crystal to reflect the sun.48
2. While the soul is in mortal sin nothing can profit it; none of its good works merit an eternal
reward, since they do not proceed from God as their first principle, and by Him alone is our virtue
real virtue. The soul separated from Him is no longer pleasing in His eyes, because by committing
a mortal sin, instead of seeking to please God, it prefers to gratify the devil, the prince of darkness,
and so comes to share his blackness. I knew a person to whom our Lord revealed the result of a
mortal sin49 and who said she thought no one who realized its effects could ever commit it, but
would suffer unimaginable torments to avoid it. This vision made her very desirous for all to grasp
this truth, therefore I beg you, my daughters, to pray fervently to God for sinners, who live in
blindness and do deeds of darkness.
46 Life, ch. xxxviii. 31; ch. xl. 15.
47 Ps. i. 3: ‘Et erit tamquam lignum quod plantatum eat secus decursus aquarum.’
48 Way of Perf. ch. xxviii. 9.
49 In this as in most other cases when the Saint speaks of ‘a person she knows,’ she means herself. Life, ch. xl, 15.

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