August 15, 2016

The Treasures of Suffering

“If God sends you many sufferings, it is a sign that He has great plans for you and certainly wants to make you a saint. If you desire to become a great saint, ask Him to send you much suffering. To enkindle the fire of divine love, the best wood is that of the cross, which Our Lord used for His great sacrifice of love.” – St. Ignatius Loyola

“Oh, how I desire that you know how to be constant in suffering the pressures, ordeals and trials so necessary to purify the spirit that it might be reborn at every moment in Christ Jesus in the most pure faith and holy love! But the point is that you must know how to endure such pressures in silence and in hope.” – St. Paul of the Cross

“Suffering is a great grace; through suffering the soul becomes like the Savior; in suffering love becomes crystallized; the greater the suffering, the purer the love.” – St. Faustina

“As you are crucified with Christ, you become more and more transformed in God through faith and love. Remain in peace on the Cross. Be silent and sing in spirit: I will not glory in anything other than in the Cross of my gentle Savior (Gal 6:14).” – St. Paul of the Cross

“We must realize that to reach a deep union with God through love, we must pass through great trials. Those who are the most dear to God are the most tried, afflicted and tempted. Even though you may be afraid that you have fallen from the grace of God, he is hidden deep within you.” – St. Paul of the Cross

“The Goodness of God has brought you into a state of naked suffering in order that your soul, completely deprived of natural contentment, might place all its contentment in uniting itself to the good pleasure of our great Heavenly Father, who is the contentment of our contentment. This takes place in the upper part of the spirit.” – St. Paul of the Cross

“Oh, what a great treasure naked suffering contains, suffering without comfort either from heaven or from earth! Offer yourself as a victim, a holocaust to God on the altar of the Cross and there die a mystical death in Christ. This brings a new God-like life of love.” – St. Paul of the Cross

“We should not glory in anything else except the Cross of our Savior Jesus Christ (Gal 6:14). Jesus keeps you crucified with himself. Now he is perfecting the work he has begun in you. By your sufferings even the imperfections you are not aware of are purified and your soul becomes a crystal lighted up by the Divine Sun.” – St. Paul of the Cross

“When we suffer, Jesus is closer to us. He looks on; and it is He who comes to beg us for pain and tears, of which He is in need for souls.” – St. Padre Pio

“Do not ask why you are suffering; do not seek the answer (to this question), but go resolutely forward. Jesus will not allow any harm to come to you or allow you to perish, so long as you do not become engrossed in yourself and linger over your decisions. So, hold your head high! Though the world turn upside down, though darkness cover everything, and the world be ablaze and in chaos, nothing shall fill your soul with anxiety, for God is with you and His strength will hold you up in battle... .” – St. Padre Pio

“My child, you please Me most by suffering. In your physical as well as your mental sufferings, My daughter, do not seek sympathy from creatures. I want the fragrance of your suffering to be pure and unadulterated.” – Jesus to St. Faustina

“Oh, if only the suffering soul knew how it is loved by God, it would die of joy and excess of happiness! Some day, we will know the value of suffering, but then we will no longer be able to suffer. The present moment is ours.” – St. Faustina

“Fishes have no tongues. In the midst of storms at sea, they swim and glide along in silence. What a great lesson we can draw from them. When we are in the storms of great sufferings, we must lock in this treasure with the golden key of silence and not seek to complain to anyone.” – St. Paul of the Cross

“Adore the Most Holy Will of God in every happening. The love of God is as strong as death (Song of Songs 8:6). The loving soul holds its heart turned towards heaven. Look at your trials with the eye of faith, not as coming from creatures, but from the loving hand of God.” – St. Paul of the Cross

“Jesus died to give us life. All creatures are in mourning. The sun is darkened, the earth trembles, rocks are rent and the veil of the Temple is torn. Keep company with the poor Mother of Jesus. Ask dear Magdalene and the beloved John how their hearts felt. Let yourself be flooded with the sea of the sufferings of Jesus and Mary. Remain at the foot of the Cross.” – St. Paul of the Cross

“He who does not take up his cross and follow Me, is not worthy of Me.” – Matthew 10:38

“The Cross is the royal door through which one enters the temple of sanctity. It is impossible to enter it by any other way. Hence, we frequently must immolate our heart to the love of Jesus upon the same altar of the cross on which He sacrificed His life for love of us.” – Unknown

“All the things that the world loves, such as delights, honors, praise and riches, are for me a cross; and all the things that the world considers a cross, I approach and kiss with great affection.” – St. Bernard

“If it seems to you that you have not yet suffered any tribulations, rest assured that you have not yet begun to be a true servant of God because the Apostle clearly states that all those who wish to live piously in Christ will suffer persecution.” – St. Augustine

“Since the Son of God obtained our salvation through suffering, He willed to teach us that there is nothing more fitting than suffering to give glory to God and to sanctify our souls. Yes, suffering for the love of God is the right road. Let us suffer as much as we can, for we will be that much more fortunate. For he who is not determined to follow this road will never make much progress.” – St. Teresa of Avila

“I do not desire to die soon, because in heaven there is no suffering. I desire to live a long time because I yearn to suffer much for the love of my Spouse.” – St. Mary Magdalene de Pazzi

“The road is narrow. He who wishes to travel it more easily must cast off all things and use the cross as his cane. In other words, he must be truly resolved to suffer willingly for the love of God in all things.” – St. John of the Cross

“You repay with some tribulation, O Lord, him who does You a service. What an inestimable reward this is for those who truly love You, if they knew its value.” – St. Teresa of Avila

“O you who want to walk in security and in consolation, if you only knew how pleasing suffering is to God, and how helpful it is in acquiring other benefits, you would never seek consolations in anything, but rather would deem it a great joy to carry the cross in the footsteps of Jesus.” – St. John of the Cross

“My daughter, you will never do Me a greater service than that of patiently bearing, in memory of My Passion, whatever tribulation befalls you, whether internal or external, and of always trying to do those things which are most contrary to your desires.” – Jesus to St. Gertrude

“The souls most pleasing to My Heavenly Father are those that suffer the greatest afflictions and tribulations.” – Jesus to St. Teresa of Avila

“Let me suffer or let me die.” – St. Teresa of Avila

“An ounce of cross is worth more than a thousand pounds of prayer; a day of crucifixion is more valuable than one hundred years of all other holy exercises. It is of more value to stay one moment on the cross than to enjoy all the delights of paradise.” – Venerable Sr. M. Victoria Angelini

“Believe me when I say that the value and greatness of suffering is not known. If we understood it well, we would try our utmost to steal from one another the occasions of suffering.” – Blessed Angela of Foligno

“If God were to grant you the gift of raising the dead, He would be giving you much less than when He permits you to suffer. In fact, with the gift of miracles He makes you His debtor, but with sufferings He makes Himself your debtor. And if your sufferings should not be rewarded in any other way but to be able to suffer a little for that God Who loves you, would not this be a sufficiently great recompense in itself? He who loves understands what I mean.” – St. John Chrysostom

“To have everything go along smoothly, according to one’s desires and without having anything to suffer for the love of God should be considered a great misfortune not only for individuals, but also for Congregations as a whole. Yes, you may be certain that a person or Congregation that does not suffer and is praised by the whole world is heading for a fall!” – St. Vincent de Paul

“We never have a greater reason to rejoice than when we are oppressed and burdened by sufferings and afflictions, because these render us similar to Christ our Lord, and this resemblance is a true sign of our predestination.” – St. Vincent de Paul

“The more you are tried and your way of life is disapproved of, through no fault of your own, the dearer you will be to Me because you will be more like Me. I suffered continuous trials and was opposed in all My undertakings.” – Jesus to St. Gertrude

“There is no surer way to know that one is a saint than to see him lead a holy life and yet suffer desolation, trials and tribulations.” – St. Louis Gonzaga

“He who is of good spirit tends more toward afflictions, aridity, disappointments and tribulations than toward delightful and consoling communications, because he knows that only in this way we follow Christ and put into practice the denial of self so highly recommended by Our Lord.” – St. John of the Cross

“…if God should give me the choice of going to heaven or of remaining on earth to suffer a while longer, I would choose to remain on earth, because I know how greatly glory is increased by suffering.” – St. Catherine of Siena

“Those who have reached perfection, true contemplatives especially, never ask Our Lord to free them from trials and temptations. On the contrary, they desire and value them as the worldly value wealth and pleasure, knowing that these will make them truly rich.” – Unknown

“O God, do not take [the cross] from me, unless You give me a greater one.” – St. Francis Xavier

“Frequently and wholeheartedly kiss the crosses God sends you, without stopping to consider what kind they are. For the more ignoble and unwanted they are, the more they deserve to be called crosses. The merit of crosses does not depend on their weight, but on how they are carried. At times it takes more virtue to carry a cross of straw than a heavy one, because the lightest crosses are also the most inglorious, and the least to our liking which always seeks the spectacular.” – St. Francis de Sales

“If we only knew the precious treasure hidden in infirmities, we would receive them with the same joy with which we receive the greatest benefits, and we would bear them without ever complaining or showing signs of weariness.” – St. Vincent de Paul

“There are certain sufferers who become upset and complain more over the trouble they cause those taking care of them and over their inability to do good deeds and pray as they did when they were well than they do over their sufferings. But they greatly deceive themselves, because as regards the inconvenience caused to others, he who is truly patient wants all that God wants, in the manner and with all the inconveniences He wants. With regard to the good works, a day of suffering borne with resignation is worth more than a month of hard work; and as to prayer, which is better – to be on the cross with Christ or standing at the foot of the cross contemplating His sufferings? Furthermore, offering to God one’s infirmity, remembering for Whom one is suffering and conforming one’s will to God’s – this is certainly a most excellent prayer.” – St. Francis de Sales

“Be happy,… for the treasure of the eternal reward is being preserved for you, and a guarantee of it is the infirmity you are now suffering.” – Jesus to St. Francis de Sales

“Be it known that, in the eyes of God, one gains more merit in a single day through trials given to us by God and neighbor, than in ten years of penances and other practices chosen by us.” – St. Teresa of Avila

“He does not possess true patience who wants to suffer only when he pleases and from whom he pleases. The truly patient man does not stop to consider the kind and duration of his sufferings, nor who makes him suffer, whether it be a superior, one of his equals, or an inferior; whether it be a holy man or a perverse and unworthy person. His one aim is to suffer for the love of God.” – Thomas a Kempis

“God sends us trials and infirmities to give us the means of paying the enormous debts we owe Him. Hence, the wise receive them with joy, thinking more of the good they derive from them than of the sufferings they are undergoing.” – St. Vincent de Paul

“In this life there is no purgatory, just heaven or hell. For he who patiently bears his tribulations enjoys heaven; he who does not, suffers hell.” – St. Philip Neri

“Learn to suffer something for the love of God, without letting everyone know about it.” – St. Teresa of Avila

“Moses’ rod on the ground was a frightful serpent; in his hand, it was a marvelous wand. Thus are tribulations. Considered in themselves, they are terrible; considered in the will of God, they are honors and pleasures.” – St. Francis de Sales

“When we are made to suffer some pains, troubles or ill-treatment, let us turn our thoughts to the sufferings of our Savior. Immediately our own trials will become light and bearable, for no matter how bitter they may be, they will seem flowers in comparison to Christ’s thorns.” – St. Francis de Sales

“Look, My daughter, and consider the bitterness of My torments. Can yours be compared to Mine?” – Jesus to St. Teresa

“If the angels were capable of envy, they would envy us for two things: one is the receiving of Holy Communion, and the other is suffering.” – St. Faustina

“You will save more souls through prayer and suffering than will a missionary through his teachings and sermons alone.” – Jesus to St. Faustina

“Anyone who wants to be a true Christian…must mortify his flesh for no other reason than devotion to Jesus, who, for love of us, mortified His entire body on the cross.” – St. Padre Pio

“Never does our suffering make Him happy, but it is necessary for us, and so He sends it to us, while, as it were, turning away His face…. . I assure you that it costs Him dearly to fill us with bitterness.” – St. Therese

“The good God, who so loves us, has pain enough in being obliged to leave us on earth to fulfill our time of trial, without our constantly telling Him of our discomfort; we must appear not to notice it. ” – St. Therese

“Far from complaining to our Lord of the cross which He sends us, I cannot fathom the infinite love which has led Him to treat us this way…What a favor from Jesus, and how He must love us to send us so great a sorrow! Eternity will not be long enough to bless Him for it.” – St. Therese

“My child, I have need of victims, and strong victims, who by their sufferings, tribulations, and difficulties, make amends for sinners and for their ingratitude.” – Jesus to St. Gemma Galgani

“How many times would you have abandoned Me, …if I had not crucified you. Beneath the cross, one learns love, and I do not give this to everyone, but only to those souls who are dearest to Me.” – Jesus to St. Padre Pio

“Sufferings, adversities, humiliations, failures and suspicions that have come my way are splinters that keep alive the fire of my love for You, O Jesus.” – St. Faustina

“Lord, do not lessen my cup of bitterness, only give me strength that I may be able to drink it all.” – St. Faustina

“From the moment that I came to love suffering, it ceased to be a suffering for me. Suffering is the daily food of my soul.” – St. Faustina

“Do not be afraid of sufferings; I am with you.” – Jesus to St. Faustina

“Yes, I love the cross, the cross alone. I love it because I always see it behind Jesus’ shoulders.” – St. Padre Pio

“Father, if You are willing, take this cup from me. Yet not my will, but Yours be done.” – Luke 22:42

“Our greatest cross is the fear of crosses.” – St. John Vianney

“The Cross gave peace to the world; and it must bring peace to our hearts. All our miseries come from not loving it. The fear of crosses increases them.” – St. John Vianney

“If we could go and pass a week in heaven, we should understand the value of this moment of suffering. We should find no cross heavy enough, no trial bitter enough.” – St. John Vianney

“The Cross is the gift that God makes to His friends.” – St. John Vianney

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” – Matthew 5:4

“Follow the Divine Master up the steep slope of Calvary, loaded with the cross and when it please Him to place on us the cross by confining us to a bed of pain, let us thank Him and consider ourselves lucky to be honored in this way, aware that to be on the cross with Jesus is infinitely more perfect than merely contemplating Him on the cross.” – St. Padre Pio

“We always find that those who walked closest to Christ were those who had to bear the greatest trials.” – St. Teresa of Avila

“Apart from the cross, there is no other ladder by which we may get to heaven.” – St. Rose of Lima

“The more we are afflicted in this world, the greater is our assurance in the next; the more sorrow in the present, the greater will be our joy in the future.” – St. Isadore of Seville

“Suffering is a great favor. Remember that everything soon comes to an end… and take courage. Think of how our gain is eternal.” – St. Teresa of Avila

“I pray God may open your eyes and let you see what hidden treasures He bestows on us in the trials from which the world thinks only to flee.” – St. John of Avila

“In this you rejoice, although now for a little while you may have to suffer through various trials, so that the genuineness of your faith, more precious than gold that is perishable even though tested by fire, may prove to be for praise, glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” – 1 Peter 1: 6-7

“Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am filing up what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ on behalf of His body, which is the Church.” – Colossians 1:24

“A true Christian is proved in the fire of tribulation.” – St. Robert Southwell

“One and the same violence of affliction proves, purifies and melts the good, and condemns, wastes and casts out the bad.” – St. Augustine

“But different kinds of sufferings are imposed on us to test and prove us, and many forms of temptations are inflicted upon us by loss of wealth, burning fevers, torments of wounds, by the death of dear ones. Nothing else distinguishes the unjust and the just more than this, that in adversities the unjust man complains and blasphemes because of impatience, while the just man is proved by patience, as it is written: ‘I thy sorrow endure and in thy humiliation keep patience, for gold and silver are tried in fire.’” – St. Cyprian of Carthage

“Consider it all joy, my brothers, when you encounter various trials, for you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. And let perseverance be perfect, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” – James 1:2-4

“The truly loving heart loves God’s good pleasure not in consolations only, but, and especially, in afflictions also.” – St. Francis de Sales

“What a weakness it is to love Jesus Christ only when He caresses us, and to be cold immediately [when] He afflicts us. This is not true love. Those who love thus, love themselves too much to love God with all their heart.” – St. Margaret Mary Alacoque

“This, in short, is the difference between us and others who know not God, that in misfortune they complain and murmur, while adversity does not call us away from the truth of virtue and faith, but strengthens us by its suffering.” – St. Cyprian

“Let them not, however, lose heart; to face bitter combats is a mark of Christians, and to endure grave labors to the end is a mark of them who, as good soldiers of Christ, follow Him closely.” – Pope Pius XI

“Though abstinence and prayer be of great merit, yet sickness, suffered with patience, is of much greater.” – St. Pachomius

“The jewels which give the greatest splendor to the crown of the saints in heaven, are the tribulations which they bore with patience, as coming from the hands of the Lord.” – St. Alphonsus Liguori

“If we suffer with Him, we shall also reign with Him.” – Pope Leo XIII

“No suffering borne out of love for Christ, even poorly borne, will go unrewarded in eternal life. Trust and hope in the merits of Jesus and in this way even poor clay will become finest gold which will shine in the palace of the king of heaven." – St. Padre Pio

“So great is the good which I expect that all pain is to me a delight.” – St. Francis of Assisi

“All the joys of this life are accompanied by sorrows: if they were not, we would grow too much absorbed in them.” – St. Teresa of Avila

“As in Heaven, nothing will be sweeter than to resemble Him in His glory, so here on earth, nothing is more to our advantage than to be like Him in His Passion.” – St. Robert Bellarmine

“And how can a person who seeks to please God, enjoy greater happiness than that which arises from cheerfully embracing the cross which God sends him, and from the conviction that, in embracing it, he pleases God in the highest degree?” – St. Alphonsus Liguori

“But God in His good providence allows so many terrors, sorrows, and dangers to be put in our way by our enemy that He may break down our spirit, give us lowly hearts, and train us to submissiveness of mind and humility, so that we may never in the future feel any trust in our own prudence, but all entire trust in His Divine Protection.” – St. Francis Xavier

“In the same way that a powerful medicine cures an illness, so illness itself is a medicine to cure passion. And there is much profit of soul in bearing illness quietly and giving thanks to God.” – St. Syncletice

“O my god, how good thou art. Thou does use the very sickness of man’s body to heal the soul.” – St. Anthony Mary Claret

“Sorrow is given to us on purpose to cure us of sin.” – St. John Chrysostom

“It is only by sacrifice and suffering, offered as penance, that you will be able, by the grace of God, to convert sinners.” – St. John Vianney

“Whoever wishes to come after Me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow Me.” – Matthew 16:24

“Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple.” – Luke 14:27

“Can you expect to go to heaven for nothing? Did not our dear Savior track the whole way to it with His tears and blood? And yet you start at every little pain.” – St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

“All those who are willing to be saved through the cross will find salvation there. But those who desire to be saved without it will perish miserably. There is no salvation except in this cross.” – St. Francis de Sales

“The prototype, the example on which one should reflect and model one’s self is Jesus Christ. But Jesus chose the cross as His standard, so He wants all his followers to tread the path to Calvary, carrying the cross and then dying stretched out on it. Only this way do we reach salvation." – St. Padre Pio

“We must remember that all incapacity and distress is sent to us by God. Life and death, health and sickness, are all ordered by him; and in whatever form they come, it is always to help us and for our good.” – St. Vincent de Paul

“In sending us tribulations, God intends to make us saints.” – St. Alphonsus Liguori

“He sends us crosses, not because he wishes evil to us, but because he desires our welfare, and because He knows that they are conducive to our salvation.” – St. Alphonsus Liguori

“That illness has been your salvation. You have suffered, but your life has not been in danger. This is what the Lord has said: ‘I will strike him, and I will cure him.’ He has struck you, your illness has awakened your faith, and that has been your cure.” – St. Ambrose

“Thank and sweetly kiss the hand of God that strikes you, because it is always the hand of a Father who strikes you because He loves you.” – St. Padre Pio

“What do you think the bed of tribulation is? It is simply the school of humility.” – St. Francis de Sales

“It is better to be punished and cleansed now than to be sent to the torment to come, when it will be time for punishing only, and not for cleansing.” – St. Gregory of Nazianzus

“God is touched by our sorrows and does not allow them to last forever. He takes pleasure in trying our love for a time because He sees that trials purify us and render us worthy to receive His greater graces.” – St. Claude de la Colombiere

“At the hour of your death, you will see that you have saved more souls by your illness than by all the good works you might have accomplished in health.” – St. John Vianney

“Afflictions are the steps to heaven.” – St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

“All suffering is slight to gain heaven.” – St. Joseph Calasanctius

“I consider that the sufferings of this present time are as nothing compared with the glory to be revealed for us.” – Romans 8:18

“Suffering out of love for God is better than working miracles.” – St. John of the Cross

“Many suffer, but few know how to suffer well. Suffering is a gift from God; blessed is he who knows how to profit by it.” – St. Padre Pio

“Is there anything that a generous heart would not willingly suffer on contemplating Jesus crucified?” – St. Raphaela Mary

“He who suffers tribulations in this world, should, in the first place, abandon sin and endeavor to recover the grace of God; for as long as he remains in sin, the merit of all his suffering is lost.” – St. Alphonsus Liguori

“Offer suffering to God and it can become an instrument of salvation, a path to holiness, that helps us reach heaven.” – St. John Paul II

“We must have great confidence in God in times of illness or grief, because it is precisely then that God waits to see whether or not we shall put our trust in Him.” – St. John Vianney

“You wonder why God, who is goodness itself, allows us to suffer… But what would you think of a doctor who lost his patient because he was afraid to give him the necessary but unpleasant treatment?” – St. John Vianney

“Be proud that you are helping God to bear the Cross, and don't grasp at comforts. It is only mercenaries who expect to be paid by the day. Serve Him without pay." – St. Teresa of Avila

“Come, come, my dear, don't be frightened at your burden; our Lord will help you to carry it.” – St. John Vianney

“Whatever good or evil befalls you, be confident that God will convert it all to your good.” – St. Jane Frances de Chantal

“Almighty God sends no trial without consolation.” – St. John Vianney

“When something distasteful or unpleasant comes your way, remember Christ crucified and be silent.” – St. John of the Cross

“Life goes down to be killed; Bread goes down to suffer hunger; the Way goes down to be exhausted on His journey; the Spring goes down to suffer thirst; and you refuse to suffer?” – St. Augustine

“To thank God in all things that are agreeable to us, is acceptable to Him; but to accept with cheerfulness what is repugnant to our inclinations, is still more pleasing to Him.” – St. Alphonsus Liguori

“If God sends you adversity, accept it with patience and give thanks for it to our Lord, realizing that you have deserved it and that it will be for your own good. If He gives you prosperity, thank Him humbly for it, so that the gift which should improve you may not, through pride or in any other way, make you worse; for one should not use God’s gifts to war against Him.” – St. Louis IX

“Is anyone among you suffering? He should pray. Is anyone in good spirits? He should sing praise.” – James 5:13

“If the good Holy Mother, Mary, who deserved to be spared from evil, could nevertheless, in the special providence of her son, have a Cross, then how shall we, who deserve not to be ranked with her, expect to escape our meeting with a cross?” – Archbishop Fulton Sheen

“Let there be no complaint against God for sending a cross; let there only be wisdom, enough to see that Mary is there making it lighter, making it sweeter, making it hers!” – Archbishop Fulton Sheen

“No trial has come to you but what is human. God is faithful and will not let you be tried beyond your strength; but with the trial he will also provide a way out, so that you may be able to bear it." – 1 Corinthians 10:13

“If the Father gave His Son a Cross and the Mother a sword, then somehow sorrow does fit into the Divine plan of life. If Divine Innocence and His Mother, who was a sinless creature, both underwent agonies, it cannot be that life is a snare and a mockery, but rather it is made clear that love and sorrow often go together in this life and that only in the next life is sorrow left behind." – Archbishop Fulton Sheen.

“If Mary, who was sinless, would with joy accept a Sword from Divine sinlessness, then who of us, who are guilty of sin, shall ever complain if the same Jesus permits us a sorrow for the remission of our sins?" – Archbishop Fulton Sheen.