"Amma Syncletica said 'Great endeavors and hard struggles await those who are converted, but afterwards inexpressible joy. If you want to light a fire, you are troubled at first by smoke, and your eyes water. But in the end you achieve your aim. Now it is written "Our God is a consuming fire". So we must light the divine fire in us with tears and struggle.'"
- Sayings of The Desert Fathers, as quoted in The Roots Of Christian Mysticism (Olivier Clement)