Flame in the Wood

The dampness is consumed, the smoke diminishes, the victorious flame shows itself. Finally it communicates its own nature to the wood, which it sets completely on fire. Likewise the love of God gradually grows in the soul, the passions of the heart at first resist, which causes many sufferings and troubles; this thick smoke must be dissipated. Then the love of God becomes more ardent, its flame more lively… and finally it penetrates the entire soul. The divine truth is found and assimilated by contemplation; the soul, detached from self, no longer seeks anything but God. He is for it all in all. It rests in His love and finds therein joy and peace.
Hugh of Saint Victor

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