"St. Teresa of Jesus declares, However slight may be our concern for our reputation," if we "wish to make progress in spiritual matters," we must "put this attachment right behind us," if questions of honor" prevail, we "will never make great progress or come to enjoy the real fruit of prayer," which is intimacy with God. The Saint also says that the reason why many people who have devoted themselves to the spiritual life, and are deserving on account of so many good works, "are still down on earth" and never succeed in reaching "the summit of perfection," is "punctiliousness about their reputation. And the worst part of it is that this sort of person will not realize that he is guilty of such a thing, the reason being that the devil tells him that punctiliousness is incumbent upon him…" Divine Intimacy

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