TUESDAY OF THE FOURTEENTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME
When I place myself to meditate, I use no effort. My soul immediately feels itself absorbed in the greatness of God, now lost at one point, now at another. But first I begin by making my soul reflect that being made to the image of God, [God] alone has to be its end. Then, in a moment, it seems that my soul flies away to God, loses the weight of the body and I, finding myself in the presence of Jesus, lose myself totally in him. I feel that I love the heavenly lover of his creatures, and the more I think of him, the more I come to know how sweet and amiable he is.
(from Saint Gemma Galgani, a nineteenth century Italian mystic)