One recognizes purgative dryness in that “the soul is powerless in spite of all its efforts to meditate and make use of the imagination"
For God’s sake they are able to suffer a little oppression and dryness without yearning to return to those better times
Oh, who can make this counsel of our Savior on self-denial understandable, practicable, and attractive! ... dryness, distaste, and trial. ... the pure spiritual cross and the nakedness of Christ’s poverty of spirit.
To be taken with love for a soul, God does not look on its greatness, but on the greatness of its humility.
Brother Lawrence offers advice to a nun who suffers from distractions in prayer
St. John of the Cross gives a reason for dryness in our prayer
One understands that only the dying of the sensory being is felt and nothing is experienced of the beginning of the new life that is concealed beneath it.
"God darkens all this light and closes the door... now he leaves them in such darkness that they do not know which way to turn in their discursive imaginings.”
In dryness and emptiness the soul becomes humble: The earlier arrogance disappears when one no longer finds in oneself anything that would give reason to look down on others; instead, others now appear to one to be more perfect; love and esteem for them awakens in the heart.
In dryness and emptiness the soul becomes humble. The earlier arrogance disappears when one no longer finds in oneself anything that would give reason to look down on others; instead, others now appear to one to be more perfect...
"My spirit has become dry because it forgets to feed on you." (St John of the Cross)