Cleaning the Inside
It cannot be denied that God often takes away from us all exterior aid only that he may possess all our trust. Oh, if we could but give him it to the uttermost nor share one whit of it with whomsoever it be, how thoroughly compensated we should be for the absence of all help deriving from creatures! And what interior freedom we should know! If, instead, you have far different feelings this is because you are still far removed from that purity of love which ensures our attachment to God for himself alone. Indeed there is nothing plainer; the grief and excessive anxiety to which your soul is exposed at perceiving itself deprived of exterior help can come only from an intemperate attachment to those human aids.
Such attachment arouses God’s jealousy, above all when favored souls are concerned, whose utter trust and utter affection he desires to possess. Yet be of good cheer! Since God wills that you should endure the grievous pain of such an attachment, he seeks by this very pain to decrease the attachment little by little and at last free you from it once and for all. Allow him to effect this purification within you that is so much to be desired, and endeavor to co-operate faithfully in his plans. For this is a work of grace as salutary as it is painful; we must endure it patiently as we endure the hardship of those painful remedies used to cure certain grave sicknesses. Now, if you cannot attain this perfect attachment thus quickly, at least aspire to it with all your strength, and restrain as much as may be the sorrow that you cannot altogether obliterate; God will do the rest when he deems it expedient.