The spiritual life is not a peculiar form of piety. It is, on the contrary, that full and real life for which humanity is made. . . . Still less does the spiritual life mean a mere cultivation of one’s own soul, poking about our interior premises with an electric torch. Even though in its earlier stages it may, and generally does, involve dealing with ourselves, and that in a drastic way, and therefore requires personal effort and personal choice, it is also intensely social. . . . You remember how Dante says that directly a soul ceases to say “mine,” and says “ours,” it makes the transition from the narrow, constricted, individual life to the truly free, truly personal, truly creative spiritual life, in which all are linked together in one single response to God. — Evelyn Underhill