The reality of living a true Christian life is that we will suffer. As Our Lady of Fatima puts it: We are not “[Promised] happiness in this life, but in the next.”

Some other quotes about suffering are reproduced below. My prayer is that you not shun or look down upon suffering, but rather embrace it. Use it to purify yourself and console others who may be suffering too. Allow it to draw you closer to Jesus who was inflicted with many sufferings on your behalf. Don’t lie to yourself and act like you’ve got it all together…that everything is fine, when it’s not: Suffer.

“If you really want to love Jesus first, learn to suffer, because suffering teaches you to love.” -St. Gemma

“And the Lord said to me, “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. I want you to detach yourself, not only from creatures, but also from yourself…The more you will come to love suffering, My daughter, the purer your love for Me will be”. –Diary of St. Fausina

A cross carried simply, and without those returns of self-love which exaggerate troubles, is no longer a cross. Peaceable suffering is no longer suffering. We complain of suffering! We should have much more reason to complain of not suffering, since nothing makes us more like Our Lord than carrying His Cross. Oh, what a beautiful union of the soul with Our Lord Jesus Christ by the love and the virtue of His Cross!St. John Vianney

One must not think that a person who is suffering is not praying. He is offering up his sufferings to God, and many a time he is praying much, more truly than one who goes away by himself and meditates his head off, and, if he has squeezed out a few tears, thinks that is prayer.” -St. Teresa of Avila