I beg you to take your repose close to Him,
because He will not fail to love your heart just as it is,
with all its lack of tenderness and of feeling.
Do you not see how He receives the breath of the oxen
and the ass, which have no feeling at all?
How will He not appreciate the operations of your poor heart,
which, even though it lacks tenderness, yet throws itself
resolutely and firmly at His feet, pledging itself
to be always a faithful servant of His divine Heart.
St. Francis de Sales
Painting: Arthur Hughes, The Nativity