“Sanctity can never abide a merely speculative solution to the problem of suffering. Sanctity solves the problem not by analyzing but by suffering. It is a living solution, burned in the flesh and spirit of the saint by fire. Scripture itself tells us as much. ‘As silver is tried by fire and gold in the furnace, so the Lord trieth hearts’ ” (Prov 17:3). (“Saint John of the Cross” by Fr. Thomas Merton)