„I have just discovered something I have always known: we can no more escape from one another than we can escape from God.“

—  Georges Bernanos, Chantal, p. 112
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„O God! Can I not save
One from the pitiless wave?
Is all that we see or seem
But a dream within a dream?“

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„In this locution of God addressed to the soul there is no escape, for in spite of ourselves we must listen“

—  Teresa of Ávila Roman Catholic saint 1515 - 1582
Context: It will be as well, I think, to explain these locutions of God, and to describe what the soul feels when it receives them, in order that you, my father, may understand the matter; for ever since that time of which I am speaking, when our Lord granted me that grace, it has been an ordinary occurrence until now, as will appear by what I have yet to say. The words are very distinctly formed; but by the bodily ear they are not heard. They are, however, much more clearly understood than they would be if they were heard by the ear. It is impossible not to understand them, whatever resistance we may offer. When we wish not to hear anything in this world, we can stop our ears, or give attention to something else: so that, even if we do hear, at least we can refuse to understand. In this locution of God addressed to the soul there is no escape, for in spite of ourselves we must listen; and the understanding must apply itself so thoroughly to the comprehension of that which God wills we should hear, that it is nothing to the purpose whether we will it or not; for it is His will, Who can do all things. Ch. XXV. "Divine Locutions. Discussions on That Subject" ¶ 1 & 2

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