Here one of the letters by St. Paul of the Cross that lends part of the symbolism to "Blog by-the-Sea". I will post a few of these entries and some things I wrote myself from the old Blog by the Sea site so that they won't be lost when, eventually, the old site is deleted.
"A letter to Mother Colomba Gertrude Gandolfi (43)
June 24, 1760
I received your letter yesterday afternoon and, believe me, I have not abandoned your soul as you say, but since you have not given me any account of your soul, what can I do? I am not wanting, nor will I be wanting, to share my poor prayers with you. I read that you are in heavy fights and storms, but you do not explain these. I do not know what to say, except that this is not a bad sign, but very good, since I suppose that your will is always strong toward God, even though at times, because of the great violence of the storms, it will appear that you are suffering shipwreck. Have no doubts, Sister, have no doubts. God is in the midst of your heart and loves you, and, if he permits these storms, he does so for your greater good so that you may come to true humility of heart and annihilation of self.
The sure path that you need to follow in such battles, even though I do not know what they are, is to remain submissive to the Will of God and allow oneself to be scourged by that loving hand that permits such tribulations. I have at times observed that the faithful dog, when it is beaten by its master, lies on the ground, bows its head and ears, and allows itself to be beaten, showing meekness. You must act in this way. Keep your higher soul strong in fidelity to God and suffer the blows with meekness and don't allow your soul to be embittered. Do not ever say: "For me it is over; God has abandoned me." No, daughter, never say that, but with humility, and obedience to the great master allow yourself to be beaten, for it is a truth of faith that whom God loves the more he scourges.
No matter how horrible these storms may be, do not ever abandon the support of hope in God, for you will never flounder, and although at times the storm is so great and the sea so enraged, and it seems your ship is being sunk, it is not so. All this is on the outside, that is, in the lower part of your soul, but within no salty sea water has come in. The pilot who is guiding the ship is Jesus Christ, and he holds in his omnipotent arms, even in the middle of his divine Heart, the tiny ship that is your poor soul.
So be of good cheer and continue your practices with fidelity and be recollected in your interior as much as you can. In the confessional hold back a bit, except for what is necessary, and that briefly, for that will help you much, and you will confess to me since present circumstances demand this.
I have written more than I believed I would, since you gave me no information. I hope what I have written will help you. Pray much for me, and I am in Jesus Christ,
Your unworthy servant in the Lord,
Paul of the Cross
I add that with lively hope in God, after the fierce storm that you are undergoing, there will come a very great peace and serenity. Alleluia."