Discipleship includes joy and peace but more than anything, it involves suffering. In order to love God most profoundly, many saints remind us the best way is through suffering. It is in suffering, of the just or the sinners, that people get a glimpse of God’s true goodness.
“For this light momentary affliction is preparing you for an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison.” (2 Cor. 4:17)
Mother Theresa said suffering happens to the souls who long to love God radically. If you have ever asked God, “how can I love you more? What is it you want me to do!” chances are you know He always tells you something you don’t want to hear. (Can I get an “Amen”)?
Suffering is the pathway to authentic and divine love. That said, I found these quotes and verses helpful in redirecting my thoughts and actions amidst suffering. So sit back, grab some popcorn, and ask the spirit to come to your assistance in whatever grace your current suffering needs. Call me crazy, but I think it’s awesome that God works one on one with you. He knows your heart, what you want, walks with you, and gives you specific sufferings to grow closer to Him!
It’s your life. It’s your cross.
It could be a big cross; a disability, a break-up, a lost friendship, ridding a vice, a departed loved one, or small; waking up early, taking the trash out, consoling an annoying friend.
Pick out a current sufferings and ask God to fill you with His love–for that’s the only cure.
“Without the burden of afflictions it is impossible to reach the height of grace. The gift of grace increases as the struggle increases.” -St. Rose of Lima
“For Jesus Christ, I am prepared to suffer all the more.” -St. Maximilian Kolbe
“Love does not consist in feeling great things but in having great detachment and in suffering for the beloved (God) -St. John of the Cross
“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.” -St Ignatius of Loyola
“God had only one son on Earth without sin, but never one without suffering.” -St. Augustine
“You must accept your cross; if you bear it courageously, it will carry you to Heaven.” -St. John Vianney
“A sacrifice to be real must cost, must hurt, and must empty ourselves. Give yourself fully to God. He will use you to accomplish great things on the condition that you believe much more in His LOVE than your weakness.” -Mother Theresa
“Suffering is nothing by itself. But suffering shared with the passion of Christ is a wonderful gift–a token of real love.” -Mother Theresa
“True, I am in love with suffering, but I do not know if I deserve the honor.” -St. Ignatius
“The longer the trial to which God subjects you, the greater the goodness in comforting you during the time of trial and in the exaltation after the combat.” -Padre Pio
“When God gives a person the grace of suffering, He gives that person a greater grace than the power of raising the dead to life.” -St. John of Chrysostom
“Dear Brothers and Sisters who experience suffering in a particular way; you are called to a special mission in the new evangelization.” -John Paul II
“The capacity to accept suffering for the sake of goodness, truth, and justice is an essential criterion of humility.” -Pope Benedict
“The virtues most necessary to make you saints are humility, obedience, and patience in suffering; for without suffering there is no sanctity.” -St. Alphonsus
“If we wish to become Saints, we must suffer.” -St. Alphonsus
“From the moment I came to love suffering, it ceased to be a suffering for me. Suffering is the daily food of my soul.” -St. Faustina
“There is a purpose to suffering and if faced rightly it can drive us like a nail deep into the love of God and into more stability and spiritual power than you can imagine.” -Timothy Keller
“Suffering is a sign that you have come so close to Him that He can kiss you.” -Mother Theresa
“Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny. To walk out of God’s will is to step into nowhere.” -C.S Lewis
“Jesus promised His disciples three things–that they would be completely fearless, absurdly happy, and in constant trouble.” -GK Chesterton
If a day went by that St. Francis of Assisi did nothing to suffer for the love of God, he would begin to worry that God had forgot about him. Thank God for your suffering and accept His challenge–the rewards of such trial await you.
“After your season of suffering, the God of all grace will restore, confirm, strengthen and establish you. To Him be the power forever and ever. Amen” – 1 Peter 5:10