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This largely described my Christian life. I had periods where I would feel close to God, but real faith takes effort and often self sacrifice.

"Just as a mother holds her child's face in her hands to cover it with kisses, so does God hold us."  St. Jean Vianney

St John Vianney patron of all priests, parish priests; Personal Apostolic Administration of Saint John Mary Vianney; Archdiocese of Dubuque, Iowa; archdiocese of Kansas City, Kansas

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"Calm the tormenting anxieties of your heart and banish from your imagination all throse distressing thoughts and sentiments which are all suggested by Satan in order to make you act badly.