"Often when I have prayed I have asked for what I thought was good, and persisted in my petition, stupidly importuning the will of God, and not leaving it to Him to arrange things as He knows is best for me. But when I have obtained what I asked for, I have been very sorry that I did not ask for the will of God to be done; because the very thing turned out not to be as I thought... Do not be distressed if you do not at once receive from God what you ask. He wishes to give you something better - to make you persever in your prayer. For what is better than to enjoy the love of God and to be in communion with Him?"
~ Evagrius the Solitary
"The ordinary acts we practice every day at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest."
~ Thomas Moore