The kinds of trials

We find, it is true, a fourth way also in which we know on the authority of Scripture that some sufferings are brought upon us simply for the manifestation of the glory of God and His works, according to these words of the gospel: “Neither did this man sin nor his parents, but that the works of God might be manifested in him:” and again: “This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God that the Son of God may be glorified by it.” 

There are also other sorts of vengeance, with which some who have overpassed the bounds of wickedness are smitten in this life, as we read that Dathan and Abiram or Korah were punished, or above all, those of whom the Apostle speaks: “Wherefore God gave them up to vile passions and a reprobate mind:” and this must be counted worse than all other punishments. 

Cassian’s Conferences, Conference of Abbot Theodore, Chapter 11 (OF THE TWO KINDS OF TRIALS, WHICH COME UPON US IN A THREEFOLD WAY) NPNF2.11

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