The Training of the Saints

All the evil men,

from Cain to those who desolate the universe today,

have had the appearance of great and powerful princes

who have produced a great effect in the world

and whom men have worshipped.

All these monsters only come into the world

to exercise the courage of the children of God,

and when they have learned enough,

God rewards them with the pleasure of killing the monster

and calls new athletes to the battlefield.

And so this life is a continual spectacle

which makes the joy of heaven,

and is the training of the saints on earth,

and the confusion of hell.

Father J. P. de Caussade, Self Abandonment to Divine Providence

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2 thoughts on “The Training of the Saints

  1. Indeed in my faith group we have often rationalized that difficult people have been strategically placed in our lives to form and teach us especially in the virtues of love and patience! Some seasons the training seems harder than others and it is rare to know if we are successful; that’s just more practice to deepen our trust in Him…


    1. Definitely a tough lesson to swallow, but one I’ve been attempting to come to grips with this Lent. I’ll have some more wisdom to this effect, from St. Catherine of Sienna, later this week . . .


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