At the heart-center of our life, deep below all problems and weaknesses and failures, must be peace with God. It must be the real thing: God must really be a party to it. It must not be self-delusion: self-delusion is very easy. Peace with God can only be based on the Truth, and on total effort that springs irresistibly from total love.
We must be able to retire here, away from everything, and for the time shut everything else out. Not as a mere escape. Not dreamily and lazily. But to renew our strength and our vision, that we may go forth again in total joy and total service.