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La sainteté est douloureuse, tant qu'elle n'est pas de tous.

Holiness is painful as long as it is not shared by all.

O. Clement
Every reverse is a pointer to some spiritual truth that we were in danger of forgetting. You therefore should strive calmly to settle down & examine from this point of view the reverse that has so deeply shocked you.
Staretz Macarius of Optino k
The wood of this cross that now breaks your back first grew in the soil of your heart.
Staretz Macarius of Opt
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