P 239 Never shall we have peace unless we commune with ourself and are in
union with God.
A spirit at rest , joy , a solid contentment , can only be found in the
interior world , in the kingdom of God that awaits us inside ourself.
The deeper we dig in , the happier we will get. Without that , we will always
experience disorder and sorrow , always be dissatisfied , in a flurry of
complaints and murmurs ; and if some temptation , some hard trial is to cross
our path , we will not surmount it.
Saint Augustin tells us that those whose disposition is not well ordered are like
those husbands who have troublesome and out of temper women. They leave their
home early in the morning and come back as late as they can , because they
apprehend domestic persecution ; in the same way those having only remorses and
reproaches from their conscience delay as much as they can to return in themselves.
P 258 After the incarnation , we must admire nothing else. It is dangerous
to give our admiration to creatures. There is only one incarnate God who
deserves it. To admire something in the order of nature is to show the little
virtue that we have.