The Feast tomorrow of St Ignatius of Loyola:
I use the word “consolation” when any interior movement is produced in the soul that leads her to become inflamed with the love of her Creator and Lord, and when, as a consequence, there is no created thing on the face of the earth that we can love in itself, but we love it only in the Creator of all things. . . . “Desolation” is the name I give to everything contrary to [consolation] . . . , e.g., darkness and disturbance in the soul, attraction to what is low and of the earth, anxiety arising from various agitations and temptations.
(Spiritual Exercises, nos. 316–17)