That the Christian should not fear nor be distressed in difficult circumstances, and thus be distracted from his trust in God; but should take courage as if the Lord were at hand directing his affairs and strengthening him against all his adversaries and as if the Holy Spirit were instructing him even as to the replies he should make to his foes.

Saint Basil the Great, “The Morals,” 63, in Saint Basil. Ascetical Works. Translated by Sister M. Monica Wagner, C.S.C. (New York: Fathers of the Church, Inc., 1950) 150.