Would you choose a madwoman as an adviser on the most delicate problems of your life?
This madwoman will confuse us with her fussing and distract uswith her chatter.. she injects us with her various fears and makes us apprehensive.. she whispers her baseless suspicion in our ears, tyrannizes over us with her ambition, and infects us with her envy. This madwoman makes us walk away from reality, leading us into a dreamworld, full of elation or pessimism; subtly she feeds us with the poison of sensuality and self-love. She is we know from experience- the great enemy of our interior life, she is the eternally ally of the world, the flesh and the devil. It is she who disturbs your prayer life and makes you fear mortification; who introduces into your soul the temptation of the flesh and of pride, who gives you a false idea of God and deprives you of a supernatural outlook, who lulls you asleep with frivolities or drowns you in the lethargy of lukewarmness, who puts out the flame of charity or kindles the flame of distrust and discord.
This madwoman is the imagination and how often we choose her, more or less consciously, as our adviser in the most delicate problems of our SOUL.
Highly recommend this book.. great short meditations that Father presents in simple and clear phrases a practical way to deal with the key points of common spiritual struggle. He reflects the insights of St.Josemaria Escriva.