La sainteté est douloureuse, tant
qu'elle n'est pas de tous.
Holiness is painful as long as it is not shared by all.
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
The wood of this cross that now breaks your back first grew in the
soil of your heart.
Staretz Macarius of Opt