TEARS ARE NOT SORROWFUL
When we speak of Christian tears, think not
of sorrow. The tears the saints speak about bring more joy than all the
laughter the world can bring about.
Thus, the Apostles, after being beaten with
rods by order of the Sanhedrin, were filled with joy. The rods caused pain,
not pleasure. They caused tears. The pain of the beatings, like all tearful
experiences undergone for Christ, becomes springs of joy.
Yes, the way is narrow; but the pain and
tears and suffering it brings is sweet.
St. John Chrysostom (SC 125,331)