The Spiritual Combat

True success

At the end of chapter 20 of The Spiritual Combat there is a useful perspective on what true success really is:

One word more. Though you have despatched much business, and taken a great deal of pains, yet look upon the day as lost to you, and all your labour unprofitable, unless you have gained many victories over your passions and your own will; unless you have gratefully acknowledged the benefits received from God, particularly his dying on the Cross for you; unless you have received as blessings whatever chastisements that Father of infinite mercy has inflicted, as a means of expiating your manifold crimes.

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