St. Paul of the Cross wrote to one of his directees:
“Begin in the morning, before leaving your room, by meditating for fifteen minutes on the Passion of our Redeemer and you will see that, all will go well with you and that you will live far removed from sin that day…
“I recommend to you particularly to keep yourself in the presence of God, not by dry or sterile study, but affectionately and peaceably, in order to imbibe His Spirit into you…If you cannot spend much time in prayer,no matter: to act well is to pray well! Be attentive to your duties and be attentive to God at the same time by frequently purifying your heart in the immense ocean of his love. Often use aspirations of your love for Him by telling Him you love Him or offering Him whatever you’re doing.
Follow the rules I have laid out for you and remember that love speaks little. The language of divine love is a burning heart, no words can express it’s ardors.
” Let us make ourselves as children, hiding ourselves in our nothingness; let us be humble and simple as children. Let us say,
“Oh Jesus, my Love, may my heart be consumed in loving Thee; make me humble and holy; give me childlike simplicity; transform me into thy holy love. O Jesus, life of my life, joy of my soul, God of my heart, accept my heart as an altar on which I will sacrifice to Thee the gold of ardent charity, the incense of continual, humble and fervent prayer and the myrrh of mortification. Amen”