Second Rule. The second: In the persons who are going on intensely cleansing their sins and rising from good to better in the service of God our Lord, it is the method contrary to that in the first Rule, for then it is the way of the evil spirit to bite, sadden and put obstacles, disquieting with false reasons, that one may not go on; and it is proper to the good to give courage and strength, consolations, tears, inspirations and quiet, easing, and putting away all obstacles, that one may go on in well doing.
False reasons are an easy hang-up. When desolations come so often it is in the voice of reason...meaning what they say may not be true...but at the time it often seems SO REASONABLE.
I love this differentiation. It makes it so much easier to see the desolations. I remember hearing how important it is to identify the desolation before we can fight it. Once we identify where these thoughts are coming from, we can fight them. Sin isn't pleasurable, desolation isn't pleasurable: when we are seeking God. What a relief!
God wills and God leads.