When at eighteen, I made up my mind to go into moral and religious training, the great soul and mind who took me in hand – a noble Dominican – warned me – ‘You want to grow in virtue, to serve God, to love Christ? Well, you will grow in and attain these things if you will make them a slow and sure, an utterly real, mountain step-plod and ascent, willing to have to camp for weeks or months in spiritual desolation, darkness and emptiness at different stages in your march and growth. All demand for constant light…. all attempt at eliminating or minimizing the cross and trial, is so much soft folly and puerile trifling’.
Friedrich von Hugel, quoted by Eugene Peterson in his book Practise Resurrection