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14. It is certainly accomplished; but not for you, but unfortunately only for Myself! Or: I have done everything for you that only ever stands in the Divine possibility; that is why I have done My work for you. But do you also act as if this work was accomplished within you?
15. Oh yes, - you read diligently, you also write diligently, you also like to talk to Me about Me; but when I say, "In the place of your truly worldly thoughts, and in place of your many worldly pleasures, dedicate to Me only one full hour of the day; sanctify it, that in that day you shall pray to nothing in your hearts but to Me! "- oh, there you will find a hundred proprieties for one, and a hundred worldly thoughts will revolve around a single weak spirit like a whirlwind!
16. All sorts of secular considerations will be brought to light here; and if any one wishes to decide on such an hour, he will certainly not be too pleased with the same, but rather will have a little uneasy aversion to it, and will diligently count the minutes on the dial of his watch, and not infrequently, impatiently wait for the finishing of the Divine holy hour!
17. And if there were only some insignificant world business in between, the hour will either be cashed, or at least put into such a period of the day when benevolent sleep usually falls on mortals, and in which, especially in the female sex, no pleasant visits is to be expected anymore and no more nerve-strengthening wanderings are to be undertook.
18. See, all this is vinegar and bile! And it is not accomplished in you by doing everything possible, according to My infinite love, to bring you to the right way of life; for it is necessary for the fulfillment in you, that everyone deny himself out of true love for Me, take up his cross, and faithfully follow Me.
19. But who does that? The female sex may, if it goes well, stitch and tack the whole day for the body, and can groom themselves, and not infrequently be overjoyed about any visit; but if I would like to say: "Stay at home in your closet, and remember Me in your heart!", they will be sad, let hang down their pretty faces and say: "But in the world we have nothing good!"
20. Question: Is not that vinegar and bile, which you have heard?! Or do not such female people in their hearts hold the meaningless worldview higher than Me?! Did such people consider in themselves how I finished the great fight for them on the cross?!
21. Give them pleasant little books with all kinds of historical accounts that have reference to Me for My sake; they will love to read them, especially if they tell about a romantic marriage now and then or if they have wonderful fairy tales. Just give them a somewhat serious booklet; They will read it with such an appetite, as with which a dog, well-accustomed to good food, eats a dry breadcrumb delivered to it, which he sniffs at most, but then soon leaves it with lowered tail and ears.
22. But since doing is still something more serious than the sole reading of even the most serious book, the matter of itself explains the difficulty with which ‘doing’ will have to struggle.
23. There are many who like to hear good music from artists; but how few among them want to deny themselves, in order to become artists themselves through a strenuous study!
24. It is easy to hear and not difficult to read and just as easy to watch; but self-deception is of no great charm to anyone. But what good is someone's knowledge and non-doing?!
25. See, all this is vinegar with bile and does not accomplish the fulfillment! In Me indeed, for I give everything imaginable to anyone, but not in the person who does not want to use it how and why I give it to him!
26. Therefore, do not be vain hearers, but doers of the Word; because only as a doer, do you quench My thirst with the living water of love, but otherwise, you will always give Me vinegar and bile!
27. I think that will be clear too; but in the near future, more central suns!
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