"We must not gauge our love by what we feel, but rather by what we are ready to do. Indeed, it often happens that God tries the most advanced by letting them experience a coldness and deadness in prayer such as ordinary people do not experience, and none could endure in such times if their love for God were not very deep and strong."
(from In Love With the Divine Outcast, compiled by A Religious, Pellegrini, Australia, 1934, p. 186)
The emphasis in the above is mine. "God tries the most advanced..."
I pray that this will bring many of us great hope.
Jozef Israëls painting in US public domain
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