Ascetical theology - Application of the means in the three degrees of Christian perfection
One may not to mistake the three stages for wholly separate portions of the striving after virtue and perfection. Even in the second and the third stages there occur at times violent struggles, while the joy of being united with God may sometimes be granted in the initial stage as an inducement for further advance (cf. Mutz, Aszetik, 2nd ed., 94 sq.).