[…] I will neither forget nor neglect you, as you say, because truly I desire your good forever.
Now, until God gives us this good in heaven, pass the time in the virtues of mortification and patience, desiring to resemble somewhat in suffering this great God of ours, humbled and crucified. This life is not good if it is not an imitation of his life.
May His Majesty preserve you and augment his love in you as his holy beloved. Amen.
Saint John of the Cross
Letter 25 to Madre Ana de Jesús (Jimena)
6 July 1591
John of the Cross, St. 1991, The Collected Works of St. John of the Cross, Revised Edition, translated from the Spanish by Kavanaugh, K and Rodriguez, O with revisions and introductions by Kavanaugh, K, ICS Publications, Washington DC.