'The holy gospel tells us that unless the grain of wheat, falling into the ground, die, itself remaineth alone, and does not bear fruit. The poor grain thus sown, how much must it not suffer to die and fructify! It must endure rain, snow, wind, and sun. The soul is a seed that God sows in the field of holy Church; to fructify, it must die by dint of pain, contradiction, and persecution.'

St. Paul of the Cross