Advice from a monk to a child about fear

“Dragons and all other creatures that serve the Devil only seem big as long as we harbour fear within ourselves. But if a person seeks God with such earnestness and desire that he enters into His power, then the power of the Devil at once suffers such a great defeat that his instruments become small and impotent. Dragons and evil spirits shrink until they are no bigger than goblins and cats and crows.”

From the novel Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset (p 34)