The union of love [which is Christian mysticism], which attains the [divine] beloved as he is in himself, is the source of a connaturality, of an affinity, that makes the soul feel as if by instinct what belongs to the beloved. Thus the gifts of the Holy Spirit operating in the soul start with the connaturality of love. As regards the object known, this knowledge is none other than knowledge from faith; what it introduces is a new mode of knowing, which goes beyond the ordinary, human mode. This knowledge is without concepts because it is supra-conceptual; that is why we designate it as a fulfilling silence, a blessed night.
Georges Cardinal Cottier (1922–2016)
A soul stripped of self has God and peace at all times present to it, in adversity as well as in prosperity.
Blessed Henry Suso (1300–1366)
Even in the midst of life in the world [i.e., not in the cloister], Jesus in whom my hope is founded, I belong only to You, and it has been so since You said, “Come to Me.” Each day You detach my heart from the things of the earth in order to attach it instead to You, Divine Saviour. Oh yes, I am wholly Yours.
Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity (1880–1906)
Be careful not to intellectualize during prayer, for this can be harmful (it can be so in general but especially during prayer). Approach the Beloved Object of your prayer with your affections quite simply and as gently as you can. Naturally, every so often, your intellect may assert itself and try to apply itself; don’t waste time with this, nor waste time trying to guard against it; both courses are distractions. When you notice the distraction, be content simply to return to your acts of will [in prayer].
Saint Francis de Sales
Well, if God wishes us to walk like one who is blind and groping in the dark, what does it matter? We know that He is with us.
Saint Jane Frances de Chantal
I am happy to have no consolation, for then I know that my love is not like that of the world’s brides who are always looking at their bridegroom’s hands to see if they bear a gift, or at his face in the hope of glimpsing a smile of love to enchant them.
Saint Teresa of Jesus