“You're going to have a mountaintop experience where you see God and you finally know Him for who He is. But what I think church tends to do is make you feel like you're supposed to be on fire all the time and you should always feel that. It's not true. When you suddenly get into that valley, that really dark discouraging place, God is saying, 'In the valley, remember the mountains. Remember when you were there with me. Remember that time you experienced Me and I was so real to you.'
If just that little bit of your mountaintop experience can come into your valley period, that's what's going to help you to hold on. That's what will get you through your very shakeable faith. No one ever told me this in church: but when I read the Bible, I know it's not supposed to be an everyday rocked-out Christian life. There are days that will be rough, but just those few times in your life: remember how God spoke to you.”
“O God, Who in the glorious transfiguration of Thine only-begotten Son didst strengthen the sacraments of faith by the testimony of the fathers, and Who didst wonderfully foreshow the perfect adoption of Thy children by a voice coming down in a shining cloud, mercifully grant that we be made co-heirs of the King of glory Himself, and grant us to be sharers in that very glory. Through the same Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end. Amen”
—Collect for the Feast of the Transfiguration (from the Mass of St. Pius V)