St John of the Cross urges us to practice interior solitude so that our hearts may focus on God alone.
In December 1915 St. Teresa of the Andes took a pivotal step toward her Carmelite vocation when she received permission to profess a private vow of chastity.
Brother Lawrence says that the practice of the presence of God is "the essence of the spiritual life, and it seems to me that by practicing it properly you become spiritual in no time."
Saint Elizabeth of the Trinity writes to her beloved Abbé Chevignard in 1903, "To think that God calls us by our vocation to live in this holy light! What an adorable mystery of charity! I would like to respond to it by living on earth as the Blessed Virgin did, 'keeping all these things in my heart'..."
Safe sped I through that night, By the secret stair, disguised and unseen, -O moment of delight!- Wrapt in that night serene, New-hush'd to rest the house where I had been.
For the one who possesses Jesus possesses all; He is the treasure of treasures. In Him alone we find our joy and not in the creature.
Mary kept everything in the treasure chest of her heart: everything she experienced — the easy and the difficult, the joyful and the painful, what she understood and that which was difficult to accept.
The chief among Teresa’s virtues was the love of God, which our Lord Jesus Christ increased by means of many visions and revelations... she saw an angel with a flaming dart piercing her heart.
This indwelling of God in the soul of the just explains to us the extraordinary deeds in the lives of the saints