In Fr Haggerty's book, Contemplative Enigmas he writes just prior to the reflection above:
Precisely when God seems most hidden
, our attention is often thrown back painfully upon ourselves. In one sense, this tendency must be ruthlessly opposed. In another sense, it must be treated gently, by a calm turning in the direction of Our Lord... with the conviction that he is always in our company. Despite every false thought of his absence, he is close to us, waiting always for our heart's next expression of longing, whether in word or in silence.