DO NOT TURN BACK
When the Holy Spirit has led the repentant
man to undertake the work of personal holiness, He also grants him comforts
and teaches him not to turn back nor be attached to anything of this world.
To this end, He opens the eyes of the soul and gives him to see the beauty
of purity of heart reached through repentance. In this way, He kindles in
the soul zeal for complete purification of both soul and body, that
the two may be one in purity. For this is the work of the Holy Spirit -- to
bring man back to his original state, as they were in Paradise.
The Holy Spirit destroys in man everything
added by the devil's envy so that nothing of the enemy may remain therein.
This way, the body becomes obedient to the soul while the soul will
masterfully keep the body under subjection, as St. Paul exhorted.
St. Anthony, the Hermit