To explain things better I want to use a helpful comparison.

The silkworm…

Well once this silkworm is grown it begins to spin silk and build the house wherein it will die.

His Majesty Himself, as He does in this prayer of union, becomes the dwelling place we build for ourselves.

Therefore, courage my daughters! Let’s be quick to do this work and weave this little cocoon by getting rid of our self-love and self-will, our attachment to any earthly thing.

Let it die; let this silkworm die, as it does in completing what it was created to do! And you will see how we see God, as well as ourselves placed inside His Greatness, as is this little silkworm within its cocoon.

Now, then, let’s see what this silkworm does, for that’s the reason I’ve said everything else. When the soul is in this prayer, truly dead to the world, a little white butterfly comes forth. Oh, greatness of God! How transformed the soul is when it comes out of this prayer after having been placed within the greatness of God and so closely joined with Him for a little while.

Oh, now, to see the restlessness of this little butterfly, even though it has never been quieter and calmer in its life, is something to praise God for! And the difficulty is that it doesn’t know where to alight and rest. Since it has experienced such wonderful rest, all that it sees on earth displeases it, especially if God gives it this wine often.

So, there is no reason to be surprised that this little butterfly seeks rest again since it feels estranged from earthly things. Well then, where will the poor little thing go? It can’t return to where it came from; as was said, we are powerless, however much we do, to bring about this favour until God is again pleased to grant it. O Lord, what new trials begin for this soul! Who would say such a thing after a favour so sublime? Briefly, in one way or another, there must be a cross while we live.

I don’t mean to say that those who arrive here do not have peace; they do have it, and it is very deep. For the trials themselves are so valuable and have such good roots that although very severe they give rise to peace and happiness.

  • St Teresa of Jesus

This is a venture in which God alone is sought and gained.

As regards this road to union, entering on the road means leaving one’s own road; and leaving one’s own mode implies entry into what has no mode, that is, God.

– St John of the Cross


Simple adoration … immediate relationship to God.

The disinterested character of simple adoration is man’s highest possibility; it alone forms his true and final liberation.

The Christian sacrifice is nothing other than the exodus of the soul that abandons itself, a process perfected in the man who is all exodus, all self-surpassing love.

The fundamental principle of Christian worship is consequently this movement of exodus … delivery of the “I” and therefore of the creature man to God.

  • Ratzinger, Joseph Cardinal.   Introduction To Christianity. (pp288-289)

Receive your Fulness

If we understood how to see in each moment some manifestation of the will of God, we should find therein also all that our hearts could desire.

If you possess the secret of discovering it at every moment and in everything, then you possess all that is most precious.

Your wishes need have no measure, no limit. However much you may desire I can show you how to attain it, even though it be infinite. There is never a moment in which I cannot enable you to obtain all that you can desire. The present is ever filled with infinite treasure, it contains more than you have capacity to hold. Faith is the measure. Believe, and it will be done to you accordingly. Love is also the measure. The more the heart loves, the more it desires; and the more it desires, so much the more will it receive.

The will of God is at each moment before us like an immense, inexhaustible ocean that no human heart can fathom; but none can receive from it more than she has capacity to contain; it is necessary to enlarge this capacity by faith, confidence and love.

The whole creation cannot fill the human heart, for it is greater than all that is not God.

The divine will is a deep abyss of which the present moment is the entrance. If you plunge into this abyss you will find it infinitely more vast than your desires.

Receive your fulness from the divine will of God alone, it will not leave you empty. Adore it, put it first before all things; tear all disguises from vain pretences and forsake them all going to the sole reality.

The reign of faith is death to the senses; it is their spoliation, their destruction. Destroy the idols of the senses and they will rebel and lament, but faith must triumph because the will of God is indestructible. When the senses are terrified, or famished, despoiled, or crushed, then it is that faith is nourished, enriched and enlivened. When a soul recognizes the will of God and shows a readiness to submit to it entirely; then God gives Himself to such a soul and renders it most powerful succour under all circumstances. Thus it experiences great happiness in this coming of God, and enjoys it the more, the more it has learnt to abandon itself at every moment to His adorable will.

  • J.P. de Caussade.  Abandonment to Divine Providence