“Diamonds do not dazzle with beauty unless they are cut. When cut, the rays of the sun fall on them and make them shine with wonderful colors. So when we are cut by the cross we shine forth as jewels in the kingdom of God. -- Sadhu Sundar Singh
His parable on the necessity of suffering:
“A silkworm was struggling out of the cocoon and an ignorant man saw it battling as if in pain, so he went and helped it to get free, but very soon after it fluttered and died. The other silkworms that struggle out without help suffered, but they came out into full life and beauty, with wings made strong for flight by their battle for fresh existence.”
Robert Ellsberg. All Saints. New York: Crossroad. 1997. 275.