For so surely as we live, that scar shall pass away when God sees right to lift the burden that is hard upon us…It may be that we are chosen instruments of His good pleasure, and that we ascend to His bidding as that other through stripes and shame; through tears and blood; through doubts and fears, and all that makes the difference between God and man.

– Bram Stoker

Dracula, Chapter 22. Van Helsing reassures Mina after she says she will be forever scarred following her burning by the consecrated Host. He believes that he and his fellow vampire huntets are God’s chosen instruments to end Dracula’s reign of terror and save others from his evil.