202. As work according to God is called virtue, so unexpected affliction is
called a test. REF:Saint Kosmas Aitolos +1779
203. God 'tested Abraham' (cf. Gn 22:1-14), that is, God
afflicted him for his own benefit, not in order to learn what kind of man Abraham
was- for He knew him, since He knows all things before they come into existence-
but in order to provide him with opportunities for showing perfect faith.
REF:Saint Kosmas Aitolos +1779
204. Every affliction tests our will, showing whether it is inclined to good or
evil. This is why an unforeseen affliction is called a test, because it enables a
man to test his hidden desires. REF:Saint Kosmas Aitolos
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