“God knows the needs of each man; the measure of strength and the capacity of every one of us. The potter knows how long he must leave the vessel of clay in the fire… How much more, then, does God know the degree of fire needed for us Christians, who are his living vessels, before we can be made fit for the Kingdom of Heaven?”

(St Ignatius Brianchoninov  in ‘The Devout Russian’ quote collection)