Friday, November 15, 2013

Pray and Fortify Your Heart

"Pray and fortify yourself, fortify your heart.  Do not fear the conflict, and do not flee from it: where there is no struggle, there is no virtue, where there are no temptations for faithfulness and love, it is uncertain whether there is really any faithfulness and love for the Lord.  Our faith, trust and love are proved and revealed in adversities, that is, in difficult and grievous outward and inward circumstances, during sickness, sorrow and privations."

-St. John of Kronstadt, qtd. in Maloney, Pilgrimage of the Heart, pg. 125

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