The Lord, in subjecting us to the combat,
wishes us to understand
that we pursue a great good,
since conquest cost us so dear.
What would be the grief of a miser
if he had spent his time and money in cultivating a vine,
and if, at the moment of highest promise,
it was destroyed by hail!
But if the hailstones were of gold,
how he would rejoice, since the gain would far exceed the loss!
Now, suffering and
contempt are pure gold,
nay, pearls of infinite price,
for those who know how to bear them with faith
and Christian patience.
(J S 1905)