“Yet Teresa had her faults, for saints are not born out of the blue. They are weighed down with the same weak human nature we all have, and they experience the same temptations. The difference is that they say a complete Yes to the healing grace God offers to everyone, whereas most of us say “maybe”, or “somewhat”, or “wait a while … not yet”. (page 15)”

Fr. Thomas Dubay, Fire Within: St. Teresa of Avila, St. John of the Cross, and the Gospel—On Prayer (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1989),

My notes:
In this chapter Fr. Dubay explains background story of the two main people in the book: St. Teresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross. The one important point I got from this chapter is that having a wonderful/fantastic/outstanding prayer life is part of the will of God. It is not just the will Jesus that we go out and feed the poor, cloth the naked (see Matthew 25 “The Judgment of the Nations”). Our God (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) wants to be in a deep personal relationship with us, a relationship centered on prayer. We need to say yes to having a better prayer life, and then do what is necessary to improve our prayer life.