Everything we call a trial, a sorrow, or a duty – believe me – that angel’s hand is there. The gift is there, and the wonder of an overshadowing presence. Your joys, too – be not content with them as joys. They, too, conceal diviner gifts. Life is so full of meaning and purpose, so full of beauty beneath its covering, that you will find earth but cloaks your heaven.

Source: Letter to Countess Allagia Aldobrandeschi, Christmas Eve, 1513