She feels that she has been led into an immense, unbounded desert. And this, for her, is the more delightful, pleasant, and lovely, the deeper, vaster, and more solitary it is.
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.
She had already known when she moved to her 'Nazareth' that her aim was the 'desert' of Carmel. But she had to await the Lord’s hour.
In dryness and emptiness the soul becomes humble... she longs for instruction in order to reach the right way.
The darkest path is the most secure: "Whoever seeks God and nothing else is not wandering in darkness no matter how dark and poor you think you are."
"This prophet whom God commanded to go forth into the desert... is to be the model of all who withdraw into solitude"
"It always seemed to me that our Lord was keeping something for me in Carmel that I could find only there"
... to commune with God within the recesses of our soul through abandonment. There lies the key to God’s love and peace.
How I wish I could fill you with these thoughts... so that there is nothing before you but God! Then, what peace, what joy we might experience
"Nothing whatsoever can happen except as it pleases God to allow it. And, in regard to that, I am completely at peace."