WE CANNOT SPEAK TO GOD AND
THE WORLD AT THE SAME TIME
You know that His Majesty
taught us that the first point is that prayer should be made in solitude.
He practised this Himself;
not because it was a requisite for Him, but for the sake of our instruction.
I have already explained that we cannot speak both to God and to the world
at the same time.
Yet, what else are we doing
if, while we pray, we listen to other people's conversation or let our
thoughts dwell unchecked in whatever subject occurs to them.
On other occasions God
permits a tempest of difficulties to assault His servants for His greater
gain; then, though the soul may grieve at its distractions and try to stop
them, this is found to be impossible. She should not trouble herself about
it; this would only increase the evil.
Let her pray as best she
can, or leave off praying and rest her soul as if she were ill, occupying
herself with some other good work.
St. Teresa of Avila