We need loving communication, we need the presence of the Spirit.
That is why I do not believe in theologians who do not pray, who are not in humble communication of love with God.
Neither do I believe in the existence of any human power to pass on authentic knowledge of God.
Only God knows how to speak about himself, and only the Holy Spirit, who is love, can communicate this knowledge to us.
When there is a crisis in the Church, it is always here: a crisis of contemplation.
The Church wants to feel able to explain about her spouse [Jesus] even when she has lost sight of him; even when, although she has not been divorced, she no longer knows his embrace, because curiosity has gotten the better of her and she has gone searching for other people and other things.
The revelation of a triune God [God in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit] in the unity of a sing nature, the revelation of a divine Holy Spirit present in us, is not on the human level; it does not belong to the realm of reason. It is a personal communication which God alone can give, and the task of giving it belongs to the Holy Spirit, who is the same love which unites the Father and the Son.
The Holy Spirit is the fullness and the joy of God.
It is so difficult to speak of these things. We have to babble like children, but at least, like children, we can say over and over again, tirelessly, “Spirit of God, reveal yourself to me, your child.”
And we can avoid pretending that knowledge of God could be the fruit of our gray matter.
Then, and only then, shall we be capable of prayer; borne to the frontier of our radical incapacity, which love has made the beatitude of poverty, we shall be able to invoke God’s coming to us, “Come, creator Spirit!”
—Carlo Carretto, The God Who Comes