I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars. — Og Mandino
"Abba Lot went to seek wisdom from the renowned spiritual adviser, Abba Joseph. Abba Lot asked, “Abba, according as I am able, I keep my little rule, and my little fast, my daily prayers, meditation and contemplative silence; and according as I am able I strive to cleanse my heart of bad thoughts; and still I have not found what I seek; what more should I do?’

The elder rose up in reply and stretched out his hands to heaven, and his fingers became like ten flaming lamps. He said, “Why not be totally changed into fire?"
— Desert Fathers, Christian hermits who lived in the desert of Egypt around the third century AD