Sr. Rachel of the Quidenham Carmel in England gently cautions us to examine how we do penance: are we enthusiastic, engaging in night vigils and severe fasts, or do we choose moderate, sustained ascetical practices? Sister describes the risks and benefits to both approaches.
In the Sixth Dwelling Place of the Interior Castle, St. Teresa once again commends the practice of reflection on the Passion of Our Lord: "Life is long, and there are in it many trials, and we need to look at Christ our model, how He suffered them, and also at His apostles and saints, so as to bear these trials with perfection."
Lo único que vence al mal y puede arrancarlo de raíz es el amor
He is a very good neighbor, His mercy and goodness are so bountiful
Carmelites depend on God alone
Not to be led astray, or deceived, or to let your spirit be broken
And where there is no love, put love