"When we say that we cannot find God and that he seems so far away, we mean only that we cannot feel his presence. Many people do not distinguish between God and the feeling of God, between faith and the feeling of faith. It seems to them that when they do not feel God, they are not in his presence, which is a mistake.
If you ask me, 'What can I do to acquire the love of God?' I answer, 'By willing to love him.' And instead of setting to work to try to find out how you can unite your soul to God, put the thing in practice by a continual application of your mind to him, and I assure you that you will arrive much more quickly at your object by this means than by any other.
In order to reach the road to heaven, we must just go on putting one foot before the other, and by this means, we shall arrive where we desire. Keep walking, we say to those souls so desirous of their perfection, walking the way of your vocation with simplicity, more intent on doing than on desiring; that is the shortest road."
St. Francis de Sales