Friday, December 03, 2004

"Those who wish to travel on this road...."

"...and will not halt
until they reach their goal,
which is the place where they can drink
of this water of life...

" is most important
— indeed, all-important —
that they should begin well by making
an earnest and most determined resolve
not to halt
until they reach their goal,
whatever may come,
whatever may happen to them,
however hard they may have to labour,
whoever may complain of them,
whether they reach their goal
or die on the road
or have no heart to confront
the trials which they meet,
whether the very world dissolves before them."

From The Way of Perfection, Chapter 21
by St. Teresa of Avila