By dint of entreaties I have obtained a formal promise from my father that we shall leave here on the 25th, the day after St. Johns day, which is here celebrated with splendid feasts, and on the eve of which there is a great vigil.
The working of the Divine love which animates the Supreme Will has had power, at times, without my deserving it, to lead me to that condition of prayerful contemplation in which the soul enjoys repose. I have cast out from the lower faculties of my soul every imageeven her image; and I am persuaded, if pride does not deceive me, that, in perfect peace of mind and heart I have known and enjoyed the Supreme Good that dwells within the depths of the soul.
Compared with this good all else is worthlesscompared with this beauty all else is deformitycompared with these heights all else is vile. Who would not forget and scorn every other love for the love of God?
Yes; the profane image of this woman shall depart finally and forever from my soul. I shall make of my prayers and of my penance a sharp scourge, and with it I will expel her therefrom, as Christ expelled the money-lenders from the Temple.