Strait is the way, and thorny and sorrowful. We shall heave many a sigh as we go along.
None of us can escape suffering if we would be born into a new life in God.
Until we go ‘into thesanctuary of God’ (Ps. 73.17) we shall often hesitate, unsure whether our works are pleasing to the All-Holy. Since we are not exempt from sin we can only think that it is our wrong-doing which provokes the storms raging around us- though St Peter reminded the early Christians in their despair that ‘the spirit of glory’ (1 Pet. 4.14) rested upon them. One thing, however, is not open to doubt: the hour will come when all our trials and tribulations will disappear into the past. Then we shall see that the most painful periods of our life were the most fruitful and will accompany us beyond the confines of this world, to be the foundation of the Kingdom ‘which cannot be moved’ (Heb. 12.28).
Through prayer we enter into Divine life;
Fight your enemies with humility.
Archimandrite Sophrony Sakharov (2001) (2nd ed.) His Life is Mine.