some excerpts from the same "Name that Scourge" novel I posted about earlier:
"Gardeners always recognize each other, because they know that in the history of each plant lies the growth of the whole World."
"I learned about the Dark Night," she said to the now silent forest. "I learned that the search for God is a Dark Night, that Faith is a Dark Night. And that's hardly a surprise really, because for us each day is a dark night. None of us knows what might happen even the next minute, and yet we still go forward. Because we trust. Because we have Faith."
"....'Above all, though, we are responsible for re-encountering, at least once in every incarnation, the Soul Mate who is sure to cross our path. Even if it only for a matter of moments, because those moments bring with them a Love so intense that it justifies the rest of our days.'
The dog barked in the kitchen..."
"The driver gave them a strange look and drove off. They were standing before a grove of trees that extended as far as the foot of the nearest mountain.
'Ask permission to enter,' she said. 'The spirits of the forests always appreciate good manners.'
She asked permission. The wood, which had, up until then, been just an ordinary wood, seemed suddenly to come to life."
(these are excerpts from the Scourge's novel which is, supposedly, a true story of a woman he met during some pilgrimage.)