Whatsoever we ask which is not for our good. He will keep it back from us. And surely in this there is no less love than in granting what we desire. Will not the same love which prompts you to give good, prompt you to keep back an evil thing? if in our blindness not knowing what we ask we pray for things which will turn in our hands to sorrow and pain. will not our father out of his very love deny us of these things?
how awful would be our lot if our wishes should straight away come to realities,
one day we shall thank him not more for waht he has granted than for what he has denied.