252. When you seem to have no light to show you the right way to go, no one to direct your stumbling steps: when it seems that all your efforts to come to Me – your good words, your repentance, your prayers and practice of the virtues – all seem so much wasted time, achieving nothing, pursuing a dream and a shadow; when your spirit stands desolate on the shore and the sea of My love seems to have evaporated; when perhaps you are weakened further by sickness or pain or loss … it is then that the evil one will summon all his force to attack.