"The Passion of Jesus teches us in a concrete way that in the Christian life we must be able to accept suffering for the love of God. This is a hard, repugnant lesson for our nature, which prefers pleasure and happiness; however, it comes from Jesus, the Teacher of truth and of life, the loving Teacher of our souls, who desires only our real good. If He commends suffering to us, it is because suffering contains a great treasure.

Suffering in itself is an evil and cannot be agreeable; if Jesus willed to embrace it in all its plenitude and if He offers it us, inviting us to esteem and love it, it is only in view of a superior good which cannot be attained by any other means- the sublime good of the redemption and the sanctification of our souls…" <a Divine Intimacy

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