“We can only get a gift from God by drawing it to us through desire. We cannot get it at any time, but only at that precise moment when our soul is consumed with desire for that particular gift. Thus only is suffering to be understood. The deeper the suffering, the emptier the soul, the higher the gift.
“The ultimate gift, Hope, can only be wanted when we despair sufficiently. Today we do not yet despair sufficiently—it is a half-way affair, clinging to an old faith like a fairy-tale. Only when we are honest enough to acknowledge our very patent loss of faith, can we recover it again through Hope and Love. Faith, you must know, has died though lack of love. We must go manfully on to desperation.” (1939)