Sometimes a man draws near to God and at other time[s] he goes far from him. Therefore he experiences either peace and joy or fear and oppression. We draw near to God mostly in time of affliction, from which no one can save us but God. While, on the other hand, we go far from God in times of ease and abundance and especialy when we attain riches and glory; then we not only forget God but also the immortality of our soul.
~ St. John of Kronstadt