The reason why we are so willing to talk is because by discoursing together we seek comfort from one another, and would gladly ease the heart, wearied by various thoughts. And we very willingly talk and think of such things as we most love and desire, or which we imagine contrary to us. But, alas! it is often in vain and to no purpose: for this outward consolation is no small hindrance of interior and divine comfort.
-Bk. I, ch. x.
I had asked her advice on several matters, and she said: "If we refrain from seeking relief by talking about our own troubles, God gives us the grace to guide and comfort other souls. By acting otherwise we do not find relief, but only aggravate the trouble."
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Adapted from Just For Today(©1943 Burns & Oates)
Nihil Obstat: Reginaldus Phillips, S.T.L.,Censor deputatus
Imprimatur: Edwardus Myers, Vic. Cap.