“Laziness and cowardice are two of the greatest enemies of the spiritual life. And they are most dangerous of all when they mask as “discretion.” This illusion would not be so fatal if discretion itself were not one of the most important virtues of a spiritual man….
Discretion tells us what God wants of us and what He does not want of us. In telling us this, it shows us our obligation to correspond with the inspirations of grace and to obey all the other indications of God’s will….
Discretion warns us against wasted effort: but for the coward all effort is wasted….
Laziness flies from all risk. Discretion flies from useless risk: but urges us on to take the risks that faith and the grace of God demand of us.”
[Thomas Merton: Thoughts in Solitude, Chapter V, pgs. 22-23]