XCI I AM very glad that your retreat has been so satisfactory, and that God gives you so much inward as well as outward peace. I pray that He Who has begun this good work in you may fulfil it to the day of the coming of Christ. It only needs now that you should make use of these peaceful days to grow in recollection. You ought to sing with your whole heart the Amen and Alleluia which re-echo in the Heavenly Jerusalem, this is a token of continual acquiescence in God's Will, and unreserved sacrifice of yours to His. At the same time you should hearken inwardly to God, with a heart free from all the flattering prejudices of self-love, so that you may faithfully receive His Light as to the veriest trifles which need correction. Directly that He points these out, we must yield without argument or excuse, and give up whatever touches the jealous love of the Bridegroom without reserve. Those who yield in this manner to the Spirit of Grace will see imperfection in their purest deeds, and an inexhaustible fund of refined evil in their hearts. All this leads them in self-abhorrence to cry out that God Alone is good. They strive to correct them- selves calmly and simply, but continuously, stedfastly, and that all the more because their heart is undivided and peaceful They reckon on nothing as of them- selves, and hope only in God ; they give way neither to self-delusion nor laxity. They know that God never fails us, though we so often fail Him. They yield them- selves wholly to grace, and above all things dread any re- sistance thereof. They blame themselves without being discouraged, they bear with themselves while striving to amend.