"The Cross is suffering viewed in the supernatural light of faith as an instrument of salvation and sanctification, and therefore, as an instrument of love. Seen in this light, the Cross is worthy of love; it is the outstanding means of our sanctification. Our union with God cannot be accomplished except through suffering. st. John of the Cross has explained the means by which the soul is to be purified, scraped to the bottom in order to reach this life of divine union…" <a Divine Intimacy