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One Minute Meditation

In dryness and emptiness the soul becomes hum­ble. The earlier arrogance disappears when one no longer finds in oneself anything that would give rea­son to look down on others; instead, others now appear to one to be more perfect; love and esteem for them awakens in the heart. One is too occupied with one’s own misery to be concerned about others. Through her helplessness the soul also becomes sub­servient and obedient; she longs for instruction in order to reach the right way. Spiritual avarice is thor­oughly healed; when one no longer finds any practice to one’s taste, one becomes very moderate and does whatever one does purely for the sake of God with­out seeking any satisfaction for the self. And so it goes with all imperfections. All the confusion and unrest disappear with them. Instead, a deep peace and a constant remembrance of God are established. The only care that remains is the concern not to dis­please God.

+ St. Teresa Benedicta (Edith Stein).

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