Evelyn Underhill writes:
Osuna says that God plays a game with the soul called “the loser wins”; a game in which the one who holds the poorest cards does best. The Pharisee’s consciousness that he had such an excellent hand really prevented him from taking a single trick.
Francis of Assisi understood this when he said that it is “in giving that we receive,” “in pardoning that we are pardoned, and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.”
May each of us take satisfaction in the hand dealt to us and, greater yet, more readily see that our Heavenly Father transforms that hand as only He can do into something wonderful.