The Imitation tells us that when Jesus is present, all is well, but when He is absent, everything is hard.
What would we be, if the Saviour had been satisfied to live only His mortal life? Without a doubt, that would in itself have been a great mercy, and would have been sufficient to merit for our salvation and eternal glory; but it would not have prevented us from being the most unhappy of men. And why? With the grace, the word of Jesus, His examples, the great testimonies of His Love? — Yes, with all that, we should have been the most unhappy of men.