Your indigence belongs to you essentially,
for accidents do not abolish essential indigence:
&e trials that arrive in this world
are but reminders to you of what you ignore of indigence.
He bestowed His grace upon you,
ﬁrst, through giving you existence,
and, second, through uninterrupted sustenance.
There are two graces that no being can do without
and that are necessary for every creature:
the grace of existence, and the grace of sustenance.
A disobedience that bequeaths humiliation and extreme need
is better than an obedience that bequeaths
self-infatuation and pride.
Sometimes He opens the door of obedience for you,
but not the door of acceptance;
or sometimes He condemns you to sin,
and it turns out to be a cause for union with God.
Deprivation hurts you
only because of your incomprehension of God in it.
When He gives to you He shows you His kindness
and when He denies you He is showing you
So in both He is disclosing Himself to you, and
drawing nigh with His loving kindness unto you.
Whoever worships Him for something they hope
from Him, or obeys Him to keep chastisement from
coming to themselves, has not given His attributes