Nicodemos of the Holy Mountain
- According to St. John Damascene and all the theologians, the will of God can be considered to be of two kinds: the preceding and the subsequent. God who is good desires the good; God who is just may permit some sorrows to come for our benefit. This is why it is necessary for you too, dear friend, to bear graciously all the sorrows which come to you, either from men, or devils, or from corrupt nature.
Nicodemos of the Holy Mountain, A Handbook of Spiritual Counsel