Two quotes from my reading in The Lessons of St. Francis by John Michael Talbot spoke to me today. Both are inserted into the text by the author, but are attributed to others:
I’ve realized it’s possible to fall into the trap of thinking a life of carefully limited emotions, a life without emotional highs and lows, is a life that pleases God most. But that often results in a tragic loss of vigor in individuals and in the family of God. Too many people spend too much time in the emotional land of bland.
Jesus said not: thou shalt no be troubled, thou shalt not be tempted, thou shalt not be distressed. But he said: thou shalt not be overcome.
–Julian of Norwich