"The way to God leads through our weaknesses and powerlessness. When we are stripped of all power we discover what God has in mind for us, what God can make of us when God fills us completely with divine grace. The place where we meet our own powerlessness is precisely where we become open to God. God educates us through our failure, through our 'backsliding.' Then God guides us on the path of humility that alone belongs to God."
Anselm Gruen, O.S.B.
Monk of the Abbey of Muensterschwarzach, Germany
(Heaven Begins with You: Wisdom from the Desert Fathers, 1999)