Life sometimes talks to us as children. Like with a father’s authority, and also a father’s gentleness. It is hard not to despise chastening. Of course, it is not possible that we should really find pleasure in being chastened. That is not natural. No chastening for the present seems to be joyous, but grievous. What can take away the sting out of chastening? We are not expected then to like it. But it is good for us not to despise it. That is, we are to accept it without murmuring. It will help us to receive chastening meekly, in faith and love, if we remember that it is for our good. Life sends it. Life does not take pleasure therefore in causing us pain, nor would life do it at all, were it not in some way for our good. Sufferings are for our good.