On 10 August 1591 Saint John of the Cross transferred from the friars’ convent in Segovia to the solitude of La Peñuela
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.
"This prophet whom God commanded to go forth into the desert... is to be the model of all who withdraw into solitude"
We can say without exaggeration that few young girls have loved her Lord Jesus. In order to find her Beloved, she walked through the very heart of the desert...
We rest when we seek a "solitary place" (Mk. 6:31) to be silent; to enter into ourselves; to listen to our conscience and perceive, beyond our fears and tensions, the presence of God who loves and cares for us.
My tearful eyes began to fix themselves on a picture of the Sacred Heart, and I heard a very sweet voice say to me...
God wishes religious to be religious — in such a way that they be done with all and that all be done with them
If you desire to discover peace and consolation for your soul and to serve God truly, do not find your satisfaction in what you have left behind