because her penance will not be done in the light of knowledge of herself and of My goodness, withdiscretion, and she will not seize hold of My truth;neither loving that which I love, nor hating thatwhich I hate. This virtue of discretion is no other than a true knowledge which the soul should haveof herself and of Me, and in this knowledge is virtuerooted. Discretion is the only child of self-knowledge, and, wedding with charity, hasindeed many other descendants, as a tree which hasmany branches; but that which gives life to the tree,to its branches, and its root, is the ground of humility, in which it is planted, which humility isthe foster-mother and nurse of charity, by whosemeans this tree remains in the perpetual calm of discretion. Because otherwise the tree would not produce the virtue of discretion, or any fruit of life,if it were not planted in the virtue of humility, because humility proceeds from self-knowledge.And I have already said to you, that the root of discretion is a real knowledge of self and of Mygoodness, by which the soul immediately, anddiscreetly, renders to each one his due. Chiefly toMe in rendering praise and glory to My Name, andin referring to Me the graces and the gifts which shesees and knows she has received from Me; andrendering to herself that which she sees herself tohave merited, knowing that she does not even existof herself, and attributing to Me, and not to herself,her being, which she knows she has received bygrace from Me, and every other grace which shehas received besides.