Sorrows are allowed so that it will be revealed who really loves God. Without enduring sorrows, even a grateful soul is not fit for the Kingdom of God. The steadfast endurance of sorrows is equal to martyrdom. Sorrows are insignificant in comparison to spiritual blessings. 

–St. Nikon of Optina (1920)

2 thoughts on “Sorrows

  1. Thank you for these wise word of St. Nikon. Anna, I found your blog via Ravelry and I really like that you write blog entries so often and about so many interesteing themes. I'm interested in homeschooling though I have no kids – homeschooling is not common here in Finland.


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