There is melancholy, but also peaceful acceptance. There is insight into the fickleness of the human heart, but also immense compassion. There is deep awareness of the unspeakable pain to be suffered, but also a strong determination to do God’s will. Above all, there is love, an endless, deep. and far-reaching love born from an unbreakable intimacy with God and reaching out to all people…There is nothing that he does not fully know. There is nobody whom he does not fully love.
–Henri Nouwen, Show Me the Way: Readings for Each Day of Lent