In the Valley of Humiliation

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

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Measure for Measure

This becoming one with the Eternal Goodness cannot come to pass but by an absolute renunciation of our self, and all that is ours, natural or spiritual; for in the same measure that a man comes out from himself, in that measure does God enter in with His divine grace, and he who loses his life shall find it [cf. Mt 10:39; 16:25; Lk 9:24; 17:33].
Johannes Tauler OP (1300–1361)

No Rival

If we ever are to attain to true Divine Peace and be completely united to God, all that is not absolutely necessary, either bodily or spiritually, must be cast off – everything that could interpose itself to an unlawful extent between us and Him, and lead us astray. For He alone will be Lord in our hearts none other. Divine Love can admit no rival.
Johannes Tauler OP (1300–1361)