'I would counsel those who practice prayer
to seek, especially in the beginning, friendship
and association with other persons having this same interest...
This spiritual friendship is so extremely
important for souls not yet fortified in virtue - since they have so many opponents
and friends to incite them to evil -
I don't know how to urge it enough...
It is necessary for those who serve Him
to become shields for one another
that they might advance.'
St. Teresa of Avila
Painting: Winslow Homer