“So often we are too full of what we think should be happening to us in our spiritual formation to notice what God is actually teaching us. We must be still enough, simple enough, humble enough, to let him plan the course, and use whatever opportunities there may be for our instruction.
We must not think that as we progress in prayer everything will necessarily become much more overtly holy. What it will become is more simple, more humble, more actual.
St. Ambrose gave his congregation some very good advice. Using the old Christian symbol, he compared them in this stormy world to fish swimming in the sea. And to them too he said, “Be a fish.” We must learn how not to be swamped by the situations that we find ourselves in…We must learn to pass through situations like a fish, rather than carrying them all with us like a snail.” from Prayer by Simon Tugwell