2. But, alas! it is often in vain and to no purpose: for this outward consolation is no small hindrance to interior and divine comfort. Therefore, we must watch and pray -Matt. 26:41, - that our time may not pass away without fruit. If it be lawful and expedient to speak, speak those things which may edify. A bad custom, and the neglect of our spiritual advancement, are a great cause of our keeping so little guard upon our mouth. But devout conferences concerning spiritual things help very much to spiritual progress, especially where persons of the same mind and spirit are associated together in God.
After 'Imitation of Christ' the favoured spiritual book of St Therese