To Ask for the Better Thing

If it is a question of infused contemplation, taken in the sense of rapture, ecstasy, and similar favours, we can neither apply ourselves to it nor ask it of God nor desire it. On the other hand, if it is a question of infused contemplation itself, as an act of contemplation, although we can certainly not have it through our own activity aided by grace, we can nonetheless aspire to it, by desiring it ardently and humbly asking God for it.
Joseph of the Holy Spirit OCD (1609–1674)

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