The more any way of life sincerely strives for the love of God and the love of neighbor for God’s sake, the more acceptable it is to God no matter what be its observances or its external form. For [love] is the reason why anything should be done or left undone, changed or left unchanged; it is the initial principle and the end of which all things should be directed. … May [God] then deign to grant us this love, for without it we cannot please him, and without him we can do absolutely nothing, God, who lives and reigns for ever. Amen.
Blessed Isaac of Stella, abbot