Answers of the Great Masters of the Spiritual Life to the
Questions of Their Disciples.
Disciple: What is the greatest temptation that
causes even the fervent to fall?
Master: The desire to live softly to
is the sign that one is already falling into this temptation?
He fearlessly declaims to others improper quips and comments,
mostly of a worldly nature.
do we handle the good and bad we meet in life?
good and the bad in life can aid both virtue and vice. Use
both good and bad to further virtue and frustrate vice.
must we look at tomorrow?
must see it as if we shall die tomorrow. This removes
depression and makes a Christian more zealous.
How must we care for the body?
though it will live for many years. So keep it healthy by
making it always preserve an even temperance.
Give us pointers in combating the devil.
From thought, we can learn which devils are rare and which are
grievous; which devils attach us more constantly but lighter and
which jump on us suddenly and entice the mind to blasphemy.