ALL MEN MUST SUFFER
All men must suffer. It is up to
us whether we benefit or be destroyed by it. St. John of the Cross states
that sin is the ulcer of the soul; suffering removes the ulcer. St.
Augustine reminds us that suffering is not a punishment; it is a remedy.
St. Bernard warns us that God is
really angry if He does not send us any suffering. Thus the martyrs
literally embraced suffering; St. Agapitus asked the tyrant to place the
burning coals on his head believing it will be replaced with a crown in
Suffering, specially for others,
is the touchstone of love. St. John Chrysostom describes the gift of
suffering as superior to the gift of miracle; because the latter makes us
debtors, the former makes God our debtor.
"Learn to suffer for the
love of God," says St. Teresa of Avila, "and don't tell
everybody." Salvian adds: "Men would go to hell if they enjoyed