Weraq la pai u lanqas dawl firru ansjet u konfujon

Weraq la paċi u lanqas dawl fir-ruħ, ansjetà u konfużjoni biss. Fi kwalunkwe każ, huwa jista ‘jagħmel ftit
jew l-ebda ħsara lil wieħed li huwa umli u li, kif rakkomandat, ma jaġixxix fuq dak li jinstema ‘.
25. Jekk ir-ruħ tirċievi favur u caresses mill-Mulej tagħna, ħalliha teżamina bir-reqqa jekk
rati innifsu aktar konsegwentement; Sakemm ma tibqax lura żżid ma ‘l-espressjonijiet ta’ Alla
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tal-imħabba, ma jiġux mill-Ispirtu s-Santu. Inevitabbilment, meta jkunu divina, l-akbar il-
jiffavorixxi, l-inqas l-esteems ruħ innifsu u l-aktar qawwa li jiftakar Sins.263 tagħha isir
Aktar tagħtix każ ta ‘awto-interess: Ir-rieda u l-memorja jikbru aktar fervent fit-tfittxija biss ta’ Alla
unur mingħajr ħsieb ta ‘awto. Dan isir ukoll bla waqfien attent li ma tiddevjax deliberatament minn
Ir-rieda ta ‘Alla u jħoss konvinzjoni ħerqana li minflok ma jistħoqqilha tali favor, jistħoqqlu l-infern.
26. Meta jsegwu dawn ir-riżultati, l-ebda grazzji jew rigali riċevuti matul it-talb jeħtieġ allarm tar-ruħ
li għandu pjuttost fiduċja fil-ħniena ta ‘Alla, li huwa fidili u mhux se jippermetti l-devil li jqarraq
dan; Iżda huwa dejjem tajjeb li jkun fuq gwardja wieħed.
27. Dawk il-Mulej tagħna ma jwassalx minn din it-triq jista ‘jissoponi li r-ruħ tista’ tevita li tisma ‘
dawn il-loctions u li anke jekk huma interni huwa inqas possibbli li jtellifx l-attenzjoni minn
minnhom sabiex ma tismagħhomx u għalhekk jaħarbu l-periklu. Dan ma jistax isir: M’inix nitkellem
Freaks ta ‘fancy li jista’ jiġi evitat billi ma jibqax jixtieq ċerti affarijiet jew billi ma tħallas l-ebda attenzjoni
għall-invenzjonijiet tagħha. Dan mhux fattibbli meta dawn il-komunikazzjonijiet jiġu mill-Ispirtu s-Santu li,
Meta jitkellem, iwaqqaf il-ħsibijiet l-oħra kollha u jġiegħel lill-moħħ biex jisma’.264 immarka dan: li nemmen
Ikun aktar faċli għal persuna b’widnejn ħerqana ħafna biex tevita li tisma ‘vuċi qawwija, għax jista’
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jokkupaw il-ħsibijiet u l-moħħ tiegħu f’affarijiet oħra. Mhux hekk hawn; Ir-ruħ ma tistax tagħmel xejn, u lanqas ma għandha widnejn
Biex tieqaf, u lanqas l-enerġija biex taħseb ta ‘aught imma dak li jingħad għaliha. Għal dak li jista ‘jibqa’ x-xemx fuqha
kors (fit-talb ta ‘Josue, 265 i jemmnu) jistgħu hekk kwiet il-fakultajiet u l-interjuri tal-ispirtu
li jagħmluha jipperċepixxu li Lord ieħor u aktar b’saħħtu milli jirregola dan il-kastell; Huwa għalhekk
affettwat b’devozzjoni profonda u umiltà, billi tara li ma jistax jisma ‘. Jista ‘d-Divina
Maestà Vouchsafe li, jinsa lilna nfusna, l-uniku għan tagħna jista ‘jkun li jekk jogħġbok, kif għidt. Amen.
Alla Għotja I rnexxielha tispjega dak li xtaqt u li jista ‘jkun xi gwida għal dawk
Min jista ‘jesperjenza tali favor.
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Kapitolu IV.
Tittratta ta ‘kif Alla jissospendi r-ruħ fit-talb minn trance, ecstasy jew
Rapture, li nemmen li huma kollha l-istess ħaġa. Courage Kbir Meħtieġa
Biex tirċievi jippreferi straordinarji mill-Maestà Tiegħu.
1. Courage Meħtieġa mir-ruħ għall-esposals divina. 2. Raptures. 3. Rapture kkawżata mill-
Spark of Love. 4. Is-setgħat u s-sensi jiġu assorbiti. 5. Misteri żvelati matul l-ecstasies. 6. Dawn
Misteri huma unspeakable. 7. Mosè u l-Bush Ħruq. 8. Simile tal-Mużew. 9. San Teresa’s
263 ħajja, ch. XII. 5: ‘L-eqreb li niġbdu lil Alla iktar ma’ dan is-saħħa (umiltà) għandu jikber “; XV. 16; XIX. 2; xx. 38. rel. II. 15;
VII. 17; VIII. 7, 9. Mod ta ‘perf. ch. XVII. 3.
264 ħajja, ch. xXV. 21
265 Josue x. 12. 13: “Tunc Locutus Est Josue :. . . Sol contra gabaon ne moweris; STEMUNTQUE SOL ET Luna. ”

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leaves neither peace nor light in the soul, only anxiety and confusion. In any case, he can do little
or no harm to one who is humble and who, as I advised, does not act on what is heard.
25. If the soul receives favours and caresses from our Lord, let it examine carefully whether it
rates itself more highly in consequence; unless self-abasement increases with God’s expressions
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of love, they do not come from the Holy Spirit. Inevitably, when they are divine, the greater the
favours, the less the soul esteems itself and the more keenly it remembers its sins.263 It becomes
more oblivious of self-interest: the will and memory grow more fervent in seeking solely God’s
honour with no thought of self. It also becomes unceasingly careful not to deviate deliberately from
the will of God and feels a keener conviction that instead of meriting such favours, it deserves hell.
26. When these results follow, no graces or gifts received during prayer need alarm the soul
which should rather trust in the mercy of God, Who is faithful and will not allow the devil to deceive
it; but it is always well to be on one’s guard.
27. Those our Lord does not lead by this path may suppose that the soul can avoid listening to
these locutions and that even if they are interior it is at least possible to distract the attention from
them so as not to hear them and thus escape danger. This cannot be done: I am not speaking of
freaks of fancy which may be prevented by ceasing to desire certain things or by paying no attention
to its inventions. This is not feasible when these communications come from the Holy Ghost Who,
when He speaks, stops all other thoughts and compels the mind to listen.264 Mark this: that I believe
it would be easier for a person with very keen ears to avoid hearing a loud voice, for he could
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occupy his thoughts and mind in other things. Not so here; the soul can do nothing, nor has it ears
to stop, nor power to think of aught but what is said to it. For He Who could stay the sun on its
course (at the prayer of Josue,265 I believe) can so quiet the faculties and the interior of the spirit
as to make it perceive that another and a stronger Lord than itself governs this castle; it is thus
affected with profound devotion and humility, seeing that it cannot but listen. May the divine
Majesty vouchsafe that, forgetting ourselves, our only aim may be to please Him, as I said. Amen.
God grant I have succeeded in explaining what I wished and that it may be some guide to those
who may experience such favours.
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CHAPTER IV.
TREATS OF HOW GOD SUSPENDS THE SOUL IN PRAYER BY A TRANCE, ECSTASY OR
RAPTURE, WHICH I BELIEVE ARE ALL THE SAME THING. GREAT COURAGE REQUIRED
TO RECEIVE EXTRAORDINARY FAVOURS FROM HIS MAJESTY.
1. Courage required by the soul for the divine espousals. 2. Raptures. 3. Rapture caused by the
spark of love. 4. The powers and senses absorbed. 5. Mysteries revealed during ecstasies. 6. These
mysteries are unspeakable. 7. Moses and the burning bush. 8. Simile of the museum. 9. St. Teresa’s
263 Life, ch. xii. 5: ‘The nearer we draw unto God the more this virtue (humility) should grow’; xv. 16; xix. 2; xx. 38. Rel. ii. 15;
vii. 17; viii. 7, 9. Way of Perf. ch. xvii. 3.
264 Life, ch. xxv. 21.
265 Josue x. 12. 13: ‘Tunc locutus est Josue: . . . sol contra Gabaon ne movearis; steteruntque sol et luna.’

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