Being completely purged of all sensory inclinations and appetites leads to a freedom of the spirit in which the twelve fruits of the Spirit ripen. It gives security against the three enemies: the devil, the world, and the flesh. These can do nothing against the soul; she has “escaped unnoticed” [a reference to the Dark Night of John of the Cross] from them. And now that the passions have been calmed, and the natural sensory appetites have been lulled to sleep, her “house lies” now “at rest so still”.
Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross