If we are going to exercise the spirit seriously, it is going to mean a struggle and a death.  Good and evil spirits are at work on a soul.  Saint Ignatius claimed that those who didn’t experience this were not making the spiritual exercises faithfully.

Without battle, there is never a victory.

Without death in Christ, there can never be a rebirth to newness of life.

Mother Patricia O’Connor, C.D.S.
Founding Superior, Friend and Guide