"Hope and Despair" - by Evelyn de Morgan
|The time of Spiritual Desolation is a time for being Resigned. When a Soul begins to Cultivate
the Spiritual Life, God usually showers His Consolations upon her to wean her away from the World; but when He sees her
making Solid Progress, He withdraws His Hand to Test her and to see if she will Love and Serve Him without the Reward of
Sensible Consolations. "In this life", as Saint Teresa used to say, "our lot is not to enjoy God,
but to do His Holy Will". And again, "Love of God does not consist in experiencing His Tenderness's,
but in serving Him with Resolution and Humility". And in yet another place, "God's True Lovers are discovered
in Times of Aridity and Temptation".
One (1) Single Act done with Aridity-of Spirit is Worth more than many done with Feelings of Devotion.
Eternal Wisdom, in Suso's "Little Book of Eternal Wisdom", says: "If thou hast no liking to Meditate on My Passion with Weeping Eyes, because of the Bitter Agony I Suffered, then oughtest thou to Meditate on it with a Laughing Heart, because of the Joyous Benefit thou wilt find in it. But, if thou hast no Mind either to Laugh or to Cry, thou oughtest to Meditate on it in the Dryness-of thy Heart, to My Honor and Praise, by doing which thou wilt have done no-less-than, if thou hadst been Dissolved-in Tears or Steeped-in Sweetness; for then thou Actest from Love of Virtue, without regard to thyself".