Amma Syncletica said, “In the beginning there are a great many battles and a good deal of suffering for those who are advancing toward God and afterward, ineffable joy. It is like those who wish to light a fire; at first they are choked by the smoke and cry, and by this means obtain what they seek (as it is said: ‘Our God is a consuming fire’): so we also must kindle the divine fire in ourselves through tears and hard work.”
—Keith Beasley-Topliffe, Editor, Writings of the Desert Fathers & Mothers (Upper Room Books, 2017)
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Those who stand firm during testing are blessed. They are tried and true. They will receive the life God has promised to those who love him as their reward.
—James 1:12 (CEB)
Prayer for the Week
Lord, as you will, and as you know, have mercy.
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