The safest and most suitable form of penance seems to be that which causes pain in the flesh but does not penetrate to the bones, that is, which causes suffering but not sickness.
To have prevented one single sin is reward enough for the labors and efforts of a whole lifetime.
Above all, remember that God looks for solid virtues in us, such as patience, humility, obedience, abnegation of your own will - that is, the good will to serve Him and our neighbor in Him. His providence allows us other devotions only insofar as He sees that they are useful to us.
Little by little he came to recognize the difference between the spirits that agitated him, one from the enemy and one from God.
Elizabeth A. Sherman