Teresa of Jesus last evening, the story of the Princess of Eboli unfolded for those of us following the mini series on EWTN. What a hoot. Yet what a good lesson for and about beginners...
Both Teresa and John of the Cross discuss at length the faults and presumptions of beginners in the spiritual life, as do the other masters, Garrigou-Lagrange, Marie-Eugene, Tanquerey, and others. I constantly re-read these passages, but nothing has sunk in yet. (I'll have to post about it another time however.)
That said - if you get a chance to see the film, Teresa of Jesus, please do. There is a scene where Teresa is obliged to accept the position of prioress over the community at the monastery of the Incarnation in Avila, and the nuns literally revolt... I couldn't help think of the Apostolic Visitation of American women religious in the works today - it just demonstrates that it's not unusual for nuns to be rebellious.
But back to the Princess of Eboli and some of the other characters who annoyed St. Teresa. There is so much to be learned from them - and they also help us understand why some people find many religious people to be so insufferable. (I'll have to post about it another time however.)