Again, many deceive themselves in this: they attribute virtue to the
and restlessness that follow a sin, because these feelings are
by some displeasure. But they are unaware that these feelings are born
hidden pride and presumption, founded on confidence in oneself and in
own forces. Because they esteemed themselves to be worth something,
themselves excessively. As the fall has made it plain that they have
they become disturbed and they marvel at this strange thing, and they
cowardly, seeing that the confidence in which they had vainly placed
trust has fallen to the ground.
The Spiritual Combat
An error of many who believe cowardliness to be a virtue
This does not happen to the humble one, who trusts in her God alone and
nothing of herself. When she falls into some fault, even though she
pain, she does not become disturbed, nor does she marvel: she knows
that happens to her comes on account of her own misery and weakness, of
she is quite aware from the light of truth.