If we have a blackened pot and we scrub it over and over again until it shines, it gives us a sense of satisfaction. However when the pot is blacked and we leave it unattended, the copper tarnishes. Afterwards, we have to use a special cleaner of some sort to successfully clean it. This is how the souls is when we neglect it and don’t try to make it shine.
Gerondissa Macrina, from the book "Words of the Heart"