ON “BE PLEASED
Teresa of Ávila said: “It is amusing to see souls who, while they are at prayer, fancy they are willing to be despised and publicly insulted for the love of God, yet afterwards do all they can to hide their small defects. If anyone unjustly accuses them of a fault, God deliver us from their outcries! Prayer does not consist of such fancies. No, our Lord expects works from us. Beg our Lord to grant you perfect love for your neighbour, if someone else is well spoken of, be more pleased than if it were yourself; this is easy enough, for if you were rembled, it would vex you to be praised.