There are moments when tribulations occur in our lives, and we cannot avoid them. But they are there for some reason. Only when we have overcome them do we understand why they were there.
It’s rather a strong check to one’s self-complacency to find how much of one’s right doing depends on not being in want of money.
Frequent and violent temptations were a proof that the citadel of the soul had not fallen and that the devil raged to make it fall.