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What is equal to being scourged for Christ's sake, and holding converse with God, and being more than a match for all things, and gaining the better of those who cast us out, being unconquered by the whole world, and then the expectation of attaining hence to such good things as "eye hath not seen, nor ear heard; neither have entered into the heart of man?"  

And what is equal to suffering for godliness sake and receiving from God consolations infinite, and being rescued from sins so great and many, and counted worthy of the Spirit, and of being justified and sanctified, and regarding no man with fear and trembling, and in peril itself outshining all?  

So then grieve not when thou are in affliction; but like as a little spark, if thou cast it into a mighty deep, thou presently puttest  it out, so doth even a total and excessive sorrow, if it lights on a good conscience, easily dies away and disappears.  

St. John Chrysostom




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