When Jesus is near, all is well and nothing seems difficult. When He is absent , all is hard. When Jesus does not speak within, all other comfort is empty, but if He says only a word, it brings great consolation…
How dry and hard you are without Jesus! How foolish and vain if you desire anything but Him! Is it not a greater loss than losing the whole world? For what, without Jesus, can the world give you? Lifew without Him is a relentless hell, but living with Him is a sweet paradise. If Jesus be with you, no enemy can harm you.
He who finds Jesus finds a rare treasure, indeed, a good above every good, whereas he who loses Him loses more than the whole world. The man who lives without Jesus is the poorest of the poor, whereas no one is so rich as the man who lives in His grace.
Thomas a Kempis, Imitation of Christ, II. Chapter eight