This week Molinos summarizes the elements of inward experiences from God that are eventually found as the contemplative wages war against the self. It is good to remember that dryness and darkness have a pleasant destination.
Remember too, that as good and pleasant as these five steps are, they cannot be the goal of contemplation. Only the surrender of the will to the will of God, only a desire to love God and neighbor, are valid goals.
That seems unfair doesn’t it? We have to persist in prayer, detaching from all desire, and maybe never ever even getting any pleasant visitation from God, and yet we have to hear the testimony of advanced contemplatives that they have experienced 5 steps of glory!
Hang in there.