Pearls come from a grain of sand, a wounding contusion within the shell of a mollusk, the most unseemly of creatures. A pearl is formed out of that wound. You may see yourself as quite a lowly creature and a gaping wound. In God’s eyes, you are an absolute gem, of inestimable and eternal value, a pearl of great price.
-Br. Curtis Almquist
Society of Saint John the Evangelist