14 Kif ftit huwa dak kollu li nistgu nagmlu gal h

14 .. Kif ftit huwa dak kollu li nistgħu nagħmlu għal hekk ġenerużi Alla, li miet għalina, li ħolqu magħna, li
jagħtina li, li m’għandniex naħsbu lilna nfusna kuntenti li jkunu jistgħu jakkwistaw lilna nfusna minn
Id-dejn li għandna nirrispettawha talli servewna, mingħajr ma nistaqsih għal ħniena friski u tiffavorixxi? I.
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am loth biex jużaw din l-espressjoni, iżda għalhekk huwa, għax huwa ma xejn aktar matul il-ħin kollu huwa għex
F’din id-dinja imma jservina.
15. Aħseb sew ibniet tiegħi, fuq xi wħud mill-punti I trattati, għalkemm konfuż, għall
Ma nafx kif tispjegahom aħjar. Mulej tagħna se tagħmel inti tifhem minnhom, li inti tista
Jgawdu umiltà min-nixfa tiegħek, minflok l-iżvelar tad-devil tistinka biex tikkawża minnha. jien nemmen
li fejn teżisti umiltà vera, għalkemm Alla qatt m’għandu jagħti l-konsolazzjonijiet, iżda jagħti
Paċi u riżenja li tagħmel ir-ruħ kuntenti milli huma oħrajn b’devozzjoni sensibbli. Dawn
Konsolazzjonijiet, kif qrajt, ħafna drabi jingħataw mill-Maestà Divina għall-iktar għoljin erwieħ li, i
Ejja ngħidu ma jiskambjawhomx għall-fortitudni tal-Insara li jservu lil Alla fl-Aridies: Aħna nħobbuha
Konsolazzjonijiet aħjar mis-salib! Do thou, o Mulej, li knowest verità kollha, hekk jipprova us li aħna
jistgħu jkunu jafu lilna nfusna.
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Kapitolu II.
Tkompli l-istess suġġett u titkellem dwar l-ariditajiet fit-talb u tagħhom
Riżultati: tal-ħtieġa li tipprova lilna nfusna u kif il-Mulej jipprova
Dawk li huma f’dawn il-mansions.
1. Implimentazzjonijiet ta ‘residenti fl-ewwel tliet mansions. 2. Il-provi tagħna juruna d-dgħjufija tagħna. 3.
Umiltà tgħallmu mill difetti tagħna. 4. Imħabba ta ‘flus. 5. Libertà ta ‘l-Ispirtu. 6. Fuq nuqqas ta ‘disprezz. 7.
Distakkament ippruvat minn provi. 8. Is-saħħa u l-umiltà huma l-punti essenzjali. 9. Perfezzjoni teħtieġ
distakkament. 10. Għandna nippruvaw nagħmlu progress mgħaġġel. 11. Ħalli l-cares tagħna f’idejn Alla. 12
Umiltà aktar meħtieġa mill-penances korporali. 13. Il-konsolazzjonijiet rarament irċevew sakemm ir-raba ‘
Mansions. 14. Vantaġġi tas-smigħ tagħhom. 15. Il-perfezzjoni tikkonsisti fl-imħabba, mhux fil-premju. 16.
Il-ferħ ta ‘San Teresa biex tara erwieħ oħra favoriti. 17. Dawn il-grazzji għandhom jiġu stinkati. 18. Oberjenza
u d-direzzjoni, 19. zeal ħażin għal oħrajn.
1. Għandi magħrufa xi, fil-fatt, nista ‘ngħid bosta erwieħ, li laħqu dan l-istat, u
Għal ħafna snin għex, apparentement, ħajja regolari u ordnata sew, kemm tal-ġisem kif ukoll tal-moħħ. Ikun
jidhru li huma jridu jkunu kisbu l-ħakma fuq din id-dinja, jew għall-inqas ikunu estremament separati
Minnha, iżda jekk il-Maestà tiegħu tibgħat provi moderati ħafna li jsiru tant disturbati u disheartened
Bħala mhux biss biex astonish iżda biex jagħmlu me anzjużi dwarhom. Parir huwa inutli; Wara li pprattikat
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saħħa sakemm jaħsbu lilhom infushom kapaċi jgħallmuha, u jemmnu li għandhom abbundanti
raġuni biex tħossok miserabbli.
2. L-uniku mod biex tgħinhom huwa li jiġu kompassjonati l-problemi tagħhom; 97 tabilħaqq, wieħed ma jistax iħossok
Skużani biex tara nies f’tali stat mhux kuntent. Ma għandhomx jiġu argumentati, għax huma konvinti
Huma jsofru biss għal raġunijiet ta ‘Alla, u ma jistgħux isiru biex jifhmu li qed jaġixxu b’mod imperfett,
97 Ara l-ittra dwar Francisco de Salcedo. 1576 Novembru. Vol. II

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14.. How little is all we can do for so generous a God, Who died for us, Who created us, Who
gives us being, that we should not think ourselves happy to be able to acquit ourselves of part of
the debt we owe Him for having served us, without asking Him for fresh mercies and favours? I
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am loth to use this expression, yet so it is, for He did nothing else during the whole time He lived
in this world but serve us.
15. Think well my daughters, over some of the points I have treated, although confusedly, for
I do not know how to explain them better. Our Lord will make you understand them, that you may
reap humility from your dryness, instead of the disquietude the devil strives to cause by it. I believe
that where true humility exists, although God should never bestow consolations, yet He gives a
peace and resignation which make the soul happier than are others with sensible devotion. These
consolations, as you have read, are often given by the Divine Majesty to the weakest souls who, I
suppose would not exchange them for the fortitude of Christians serving God in aridities: we love
consolations better than the cross! Do Thou, O Lord, Who knowest all truth, so prove us that we
may know ourselves.
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CHAPTER II.
CONTINUES THE SAME SUBJECT AND SPEAKS OF ARIDITIES IN PRAYER AND THEIR
RESULTS: OF THE NECESSITY OF TRYING OURSELVES AND HOW OUR LORD PROVES
THOSE WHO ARE IN THESE MANSIONS.
1. Imperfections of dwellers in the first three mansions. 2. Our trials show us our weakness. 3.
Humility learnt by our faults. 4. Love of money. 5. Liberty of spirit. 6. On bearing contempt. 7.
Detachment proved by trials. 8. Virtue and humility are the essentials. 9. Perfection requires
detachment. 10. We should try to make rapid progress. 11. Leave our cares in God’s hands. 12.
Humility more necessary than corporal penances. 13. Consolations rarely received until the fourth
mansions. 14. Advantages of hearing of them. 15. Perfection consists in love, not in reward. 16.
St. Teresa’s joy at seeing other souls favoured. 17. These graces should be striven for. 18. Obedience
and direction, 19. Misguided zeal for others.
1. I HAVE known some, in fact, I may say numerous souls, who have reached this state, and
for many years lived, apparently, a regular and well-ordered life, both of body and mind. It would
seem that they must have gained the mastery over this world, or at least be extremely detached
from it, yet if His Majesty sends very moderate trials they become so disturbed and disheartened
as not only to astonish but to make me anxious about them. Advice is useless; having practised
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virtue for so long they think themselves capable of teaching it, and believe that they have abundant
reason to feel miserable.
2. The only way to help them is to compassionate their troubles;97 indeed, one cannot but feel
sorry at seeing people in such an unhappy state. They must not be argued with, for they are convinced
they suffer only for God’s sake, and cannot be made to understand they are acting imperfectly,
97 See letter concerning Francisco de Salcedo. Nov. 1576. Vol. II

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