“The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it emotionally. A higher paradox confounds emotion as well as reason and there are long periods in the lives of all of us, and of the saints, when the truth as revealed by faith is hideous, emotionally disturbing, downright repulsive. Witness the dark night of the soul in individual saints. Right now the whole world seems to be going through a dark night of the soul.”
Flannery O’Connor, 1955 letter to her friend Betty Hester, quoted in “Easter with Flannery O’Connor” by George Weigel, firstthings.com, April 16, 2014.