"To desire God's glory is excellent, but to desire and pray for it without resolving to suffer all things is both foolish and extravagant...Be careful that you do not cause the hammer to recoil when it strikes you; respect the chisel that is carving you and the hand that is shaping you.
It may be that this skillful and loving Craftsman wants you to have an important place in his eternal edifice, or to be one of the most beautiful works of art in his heavenly kingdom.
So let him do what he pleases; he loves you, he knows what he is doing, he has had experience. His strokes are skillful and directed by love; not one will miscarry unless your impatience makes it do so."
St. Louis de Monfort, A letter to the Friends of the Cross