Do not be surprised that you fall every day; do not give up, but stand your ground courageously, and assuredly the angel who guards you will honor your patience.
While a wound is still fresh and warm it is easy to heal, but old, neglected and festering ones are hard to cure. They require [for their care] much treatment, cutting, plastering, and cauterization.*
Many from long neglect become incurable.
But with God all things are possible [Matthew 19:26].
– St. John Climacus
1 burn the skin or flesh of (a wound) with a heated instrument, typically to stop bleeding or prevent the wound from becoming infected.