Those deceive themselves, who believe that union with God consists in ecstasies or raptures, and in the enjoyment of Him. For it consists in nothing except the surrender and subjection of our will with our thoughts, words, and actions, to the will of God. -St. Teresa
This Saint never ceased to wonder at the great privilege which man possesses in being able to unite himself to his Creator, and at the wonderful desire which so great a sovereign entertains to see him united to Himself. This, therefore, was the object of her keenest desires, and for this she strove more ardently than for anything else.
St. John the Baptist abode in the desert for twenty-four years. God knows how his heart was touched with love for his Savior even from his birth, and how earnestly he desired to enjoy His presence; and yet, devoted to the simple will of God, he remained there discharging his duty, without even once seeing Him. And after he had baptized Him, he did not follow Him, but continued in his office.
Text from A Year With the Saints (New York: P.J. Kenedy & Sons, 1891).