The doctrine of pure love has been known and recognized as a true doctrine among the truly contemplative and devout in all
ages of the Church. The doctrine, however, has been so far above the common experience, that the pastors and saints of all
ages have exercised a degree of discretion and care in making it known, except to those to whom God had already given both
the attraction and light to receive it. Acting on the principle of giving milk to infants and strong meat to those that were
more advanced, they addressed in the great body of Christians the motives of fear and of hope, founded on the consideration
of happiness or of misery. It seemed to them, that the motive of God's glory, in itself considered, a motive which requires
us to love God for Himself alone without a distinct regard and reference to our own happiness, could he profitably addressed,
as a general rule, only to those who are somewhat advanced in inward experience.