Discernment of Spirits by Fr. Timothy Gallagher
The Fourth Rule: Spiritual Desolation
Episode 6 • 28m
Fr. Timothy Gallagher discusses the Fourth Rule:
"Of Spiritual Desolation: I call desolation all the contrary of the third rule, such as darkness of soul, disturbance in it, movement to things low and earthly, the unquiet of different agitations and temptations, moving to want of confidence, without hope, without love, when one finds oneself all lazy, tepid, sad, and as if separated from his Creator and Lord.
Because, as consolation is contrary to desolation, in the same way the thoughts which come from consolation are contrary to the thoughts which come from desolation."
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