The next four weeks I am sharing brief excerpts from historic spiritual writers on the theme of courage. Enjoy!

Teresa of Avila: The book of Her Life – “God does not deny himself to anyone who perseveres. Little by little, he will measure out the courage sufficient to attain this victory. I say “courage” because there are so many many things the devil puts in the minds of beginners to prevent them from actually starting out on this path. For he knows the damage that will be done to him in losing not only that one soul but many others. If beginners, with the assistance of God, struggle to reach the summit of perfection, I believe they will never go to heaven alone; they will always lead many people along after them.”