from a conference of St. Madeleine Sophie Barat for the Feast of Pentecost
"I am sure that there is not a single one here who does not desire to receive the Holy Spirit; for that, it is necessary to be free from self-seeking.
The Spirit loves to act in persons who are entirely empty, who give themselves without reserve; obstacles impede the Spirit's action, but where the space is clear her operation soon begins to be felt.
Persons so given to the Spirit no longer walk but fly; the greatest sacrifices no longer cost; suffering does not overwhelm them. Those who are totally given to the Holy Spirit find flowers among the thorns."