Have courage and do not fear the assaults of the Devil. Remember this forever; it is a healthy sign if the devil shouts and roars around your conscience, since this shows that he is not inside your will.
Do not let temptations frighten you; they are the trials of the soul whom God wants to test when He knows that he is strong enough to sustain the battle and weave his garland of glory with his own hands.
St. Pius of Pietrelcina (Padre Pio)
Jesus works miracles
for His dearest friends
only after He has
tested their faith.
He let Lazarus die,
even though Martha and Mary
sent word that he was sick.
But after the trial, what rewards!
Lazarus rises from the dead.
St. Thérèse of Lisieux
Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.
2 Corinthians 12:7-10