“You can’t know how much I loved [them]!”
“Dear sister – all other love is merely a reflection of the heavens in the puddles of a muddy road. You will become sullied too if you allow yourself to sink into it. But if you always remember that it’s a reflection of the light from that other home, then you will rejoice at its beauty and take good care that you do not destroy it by churning up the mire at the bottom…
…You cannot settle for anything less than the love that is between God and the soul.”
Sigrid Undset, Kristin Lavransdatter, pp 151 and 156.