In the New Testament, there is an epistle by St. James, addressed to all Christians. It contains all teaching of the apostle in brief. Though it is short, it demonstrates the capacity of his heart.

The epistle begins with an exhortation that shows the depth of experience he has in the struggle for salvation. It is an appeal that may sound strange to us nowadays, as our main concern seems to seek comfort and pleasure. It suits us to often find excuses as to avoid starting on the serious task of attending to our spiritual wellbeing of our souls.

St. James emphasizes: “Whenever you face trials of any kind, consider it nothing but joy, because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance; and let endurance have its full effect” [James 2-4]. In other words, the holy apostle is saying: Accept the trials that God allows to befall you as blessings. Not as a curse. We grow through adversity, not pleasure. Just as our bodies from infancy on grow by being exposed to viruses, attacks and various hardships, so our souls grow through adversity.