Don’t be so quick to flee from suffering. It is your path to Heaven.
“Love is not a feeling of happiness. Love is a willingness to sacrifice.” ~Michael Novak
Is suffering pointless? Life is full of suffering. If there is a purpose to life, then there is purpose to suffering.
“I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.” ~Rabindranath Tagore
"I get tired of the darkness all around me. The darkness itself seems to borrow, from the sinners who live in it, the gift of speech. I hear its mocking accents: 'It's all a dream, this talk of a heavenly country of a God who made it all, who is to be your possession in eternity! All right, go on longing for death! But death will make nonsense of your hopes; it will only mean a night darker than ever, the night of mere non-existence!" ~St. Therese of Lisieux
Love cannot exist without sacrifice. Look at the cross to see the ultimate act of love.
“How I thirst for Heaven-that blessed habitation where our love for Jesus will have no limit! But to get there we must suffer... we must weep... Well, I wish to suffer all that shall please my Beloved, I wish to let Him do just as He wills." ~St. Therese of Lisieux in a Letter to Sr. Marie of the Sacred Heart
"We love only to the degree that we are willing to suffer." ~Fr. John Hardon, S.J.
"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." ~Our Lord to Saint Faustina (p.1805 of her Diary)
"If you really want to love Jesus, first learn to suffer, because suffering teaches you to love." ~St. Gemma Galgani
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