• I do a great wrong in His sight, when I beseech Him that He will hear my prayer, which as I give utterance to it, I do not hear myself. I entreat Him that He will think of me; but I regard neither myself nor Him. Nay, what is worse, turning over corrupt and evil thoughts in mine heart, I thrust a dreadful offensiveness into His presence.

    Saint Bernard (of Clairvaux) (1910). “Saint Bernard, Abbot of Clairvaux: Selections from His Letters, Meditations, Sermons, Hymns, and Other Writings, Rendered Into English by Horatio Grimley”