THE TWELVE DEGREES OF SILENCE
Step 5: Silence with creatures
Oh, the misery of our present condition! Often the soul, attentive over herself, discovers that she is conversing interiorly with creatures, replying in their stead. Oh, humiliation which has made the Saints groan!
Then this soul must gradually withdraw into the innermost depths of that hidden place, where rests the inaccessible Majesty of the Holy of holies and where Jesus, her Consoler and her God, will reveal to her His secrets and give her a taste of future blessedness.
Then He will infuse into her a bitter disgust for all that which is not Him, and all that is earthly will, little by little, cease to distract her.
– From: The Twelve Degrees of Silence, Supplemento am.n.2/2008 di “De Vita Contemplativa”