"Every age which is moved by the Spirit of God feels keenly the searching, chastening power of that Divine Presence. "He that is near me," the Lord is reported to have said, "is near Fire." And we cannot hope to enjoy the splendor of a fuller, purer light without enduring the pain which necessarily comes from the removal of the veils by which it was obscured. Gain through apparent loss; victory through momentary defeat; the energy of a new life through pangs of travail -- such has ever been the law of spiritual progress." Bishop Wescott.