It is an immense resource in movements of intellectual or spiritual depression to have in this way your favorite authors, your inspiriting pages; to keep them at hand, always ready to invigorate you. I know certain persons who for years whenever their spirits flagged got a fresh start from the peroration of the Oraison fenubre on the Great Conde. Others, in the spiritual domain, are irresistibly moved by Pascal’s Mystere de Jesus, by a prayer of St. Thomas, by a chapter of the Imitation or by one of the parables. Each one should watch himself, note what helps him, keep at hand together his remedies for the sicknesses of the soul and not hesitate to go back and back to the same cordial or the same antidote until these have utterly lost their efficacy.
Sertillanges, The Intellectual Life (155)
As a few greatly anticipated days off arrive, I’m revisiting some well worn passages that have been continual sources of encouragement, correction, and exhortation. At the end of a long year, it is time spent among these voices where I hear the news of Christ and feel my soul mended in his care. I’m looking forward to it, and love how Sertillanges pushes us to it.
what are these works for you? any specific passages? who are the authors you would call friend?