Saturday, July 24, 2010

calmly and smoothly

The soul, then, being thus inwardly recollected in God or before God,
 now and then becomes so sweetly attentive to the goodness of her well-beloved,
that her attention seems not to her to be attention, so purely and delicately is it exercised;
 as it happens to certain rivers, which glide so calmly and smoothly 
that beholders and such as float upon them, seem neither to see nor feel any motion,
 because the waters are not seen to ripple or flow at all.
~ Saint Francis de Sales
from An Introduction to the Devout Life