Mental prayer becomes the grave of pride… [and] also that of sensuality.
Vitalis Lehodey OCR (1857–1948)
All acts of discipline that are done outwardly are in no wise to be compared to those which are done in the valley of humiliation.
Saint Bernard of Clairvaux
Be steadfast, and never rest content until you have obtained the now of eternity as your present possession in this life, so far as this is possible to human infirmity.
Blessed Henry Suso (1300–1366)
From what you tell me of your soul, I, with the little or no light that God gives me, tell you that the abandonment and desolation, and the rest you mention [in your letter to me], are precisely preparing you for greater graces that will help you in the ministry for which his Divine Majesty has destined you either now or at some other time. Of this I have no doubt.
Saint Paul of the Cross