Hear yet another consideration. Ever adversity and affliction, if not accompanied by patience, produces double torment; for a man’s patience casts off his distress, while faintness of heart is the mother of anguish. Patience is the mother of consolation and is a certain strength which is usually born of largeness of heart. It is hard for a man to find this strength in his tribulations without a gift from God, received through his ardent pursuit of prayer and the outpouring of tears.

The Ascetical Homilies of Saint Isaac the Syrian, I, 42, translated by the Holy Transfiguration Monastery, Boston, 1984. 211.

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