Answers of the Great Masters of the Spiritual Life to the
Questions of Their Disciples.
DISCIPLE: Why are we all encouraged to
MASTER: Because a
contemplative is no longer governed by the irrational part of the
Temptation is a thought which enters through the
windows of our passions.
is the first effect of temptation after its entry in us?
obscures the mind.
the virtues stop demons from attacking us?
Virtues merely leave us unscathed.
What is an active life?
MASTER: The active life is not a mere activity of
actions. It is the practice of virtue.
DISCIPLE: Is helping the poor part of the active life?
MASTER: Not necessarily; because one may
help the poor for economic or social reasons and not for the
development of virtues.