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already seen, that the Divine Master "suspends the
faculties, because should they operate they would
hinder rather than help him." The religious per-
son, according to her, is to give up all striving, even
the striving to control wandering thoughts. "The
understanding torments them, running after worldly
things; let it go and laugh at it. He who strives to
gain much, loses all at once." In another place she
describes the mood of prayer as one of such quietude,
such suspension of the individual's faculties that
"they would not have the body move because they
think that they should lose that peace and therefore
they dare not stir. Speaking is painful to them, вАФ
they do not wish pvon to briMthe." Prayer is for
St. Teresa "the settling of the soul in peace." As
an instructive contrast to this mood we might no-
tice an extreme example of the other fonn of prayer



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