In Fiona McIntosh’s novel, Blood and Memory, on surviving an awful trauma in which her newly married husband was brutally killed, the character, Ylena, says to the priestly Brother Jakub,
“Today, for the first time since [the trauma] … I am pleased to be alive. I catch myself smiling, and I feel almost guilty.”
To which Father Jakub replies,
“You mustn’t… This is the human spirit, child, restoring itself. It is how we heal; how we go on and deal with life which can be so ugly sometimes. Let your spirit soar when it is of a mind to. Trust it, for it means you have found hope again. Hope is a powerful weapon.”
– Fiona McIntosh.