The Mother speaks: "What harm does it do if someone's clothes get poked by a needle or a bit of iron so long as the skin is not injured?
"In the same way, a prudent possession of temporal goods does no harm, provided that the desire to possess them is not disordered. Therefore, examine your heart to ensure that your intention is good, because the words of God must be spread to others through you.
"As the sluice gate of a water-mill blocks the water and then lets it flow whenever necessary, so too you must carefully examine the various thoughts and temptations occurring to you in order to get rid of vain and worldly ideas, while keeping continously in mind divine ones. It is written, you know, that the lower waters flowed downward but the upper waters stood like a wall.
"The lower waters stand for carnal thoughts and useless desires. These should just flow off without attracting any attention.
"The upper waters stand for the inspirations of God and the words of the saints. These should remain in your heart like steadfast walls that no temptations can batter away from your heart."