No quote here. But there are pages of choice ones from Sr. Mary of Agreda about the over 10 years she spent in resisting Our Lord, St. Michael, and a group of specifically deputed angels instructed to with 'lightest breath' illumine her intellect about the wisdom of simply obedience to make it logical in this instance like the other one - Made under obedience to accept being in charge of her convent at 25 she was assured guidance and teaching by Our Lady to handle the responsibility. But writing was absolutely not what she wanted to do at all.
Since this gets directly on the subject of one of the things missing from a protestant upbringing here is a list: any born Catholic person reading can again understand what an irreplaceable gift the shambles of the Church is even now to someone who was born into it.
1. Obedience. In the end, no one to obey or respect because no
2. Discussion of sin ever in any specific way using terms like venial or mortal, or a clear description of original sin's impact.
3. No such thing as penance and associated matters - no teeth. And most of all,
4. No Our Lady. That one, #4, destroys Protestantism.
We will get back to St. Terese of Jesus. For me the Consecration to Jesus through Mary is upcoming in a few weeks.
One final thought, as so often earlier in the thread, we have marvelous instances of Our Lord working with a soul and priceless verbal evidence of same.
In the case of Sr. Mary of Agreda one passage ends with, so 'Obey, soul!"
In the end only obedience to her superiors did the trick but as she herself noted, after so much time resisting, her soul had evolved - and that is what happens with all of us.
That is what gets me about those on the street and why I see my limitations: there will not be enough time to evolve, for them, time is running out and there is too much to do. You don't have to be on the street to fall into that category - there are many here who simply do not have information about the truth. Plenty of Christians who while possessing faith, lack so much else in the way of refinement and certainly do not trust, because cannot conceive of, the accessible even if inaccessible, truths that so support life, and prayer. Remembering the Episcopal Church as I knew it, prayer was.... not common even though we had the beautiful Book of Common Prayer.
Outlook was material, not spiritual. That one thing enormously influenced my state of ongoing 'angst.' Though, I didn't see it for what it was until later and several lifetimes of adventures.