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"Once the coldness of little infidelities to the Lord penetrates the soul, it reaches into the soul's interior. Then we have the predictable: vigor slackens, energies grow languid, repugnance for austerity increases, fear of poverty unsettles us, the soul itself shrivels, grace is withdrawn, reason is lulled to sleep, the spirit is quenched, brotherly love grows cold, pleasure attracts, security is a trap, and old habits return. Shall I go on?"

St. Bernard of Clarvaux

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