In these days, try to keep interiorly occupied with a desire for the coming of the Holy Spirit… and with His continual presence. Let your care and esteem for this be so great that nothing else will matter to you or receive your attention, whether it may concern some affliction or some other disturbing memories. And if there be faults in the house during these days, pass over them for the love of the Holy Spirit and of what you owe to the peace and quietude of the soul in which He is pleased to dwell . . . When something distasteful or unpleasant comes your way, remember Christ crucified and be silent. Live in faith and hope, even though you are in darkness, because it is in these darknesses that God protects the soul.
– St. John of the Cross