The reason that there are so many Saints quotes on suffering, is because suffering is a large part of the human condition.
If you are a breathing, living human being, you are going to suffer at some point in your life.
Some people are going to be naturally more physically or mentally tolerant of different types of suffering. In the same way, something that seems minor to someone might be great suffering for another.
The Essence of Catholic Suffering
Catholicism teach us that although suffering in itself is not inherently good, God allows us to suffer for the good of our souls. Suffering refines us and help us to get to heaven if we allow it. This is the essence of Catholic suffering.
Our Lord & Lady Suffered
Our Lord tells us in Matthew that “whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me” (Mt 16:24).
To demonstrate that fact, he himself literally took up his cross. Imagine that! The King of the Universe deigned to suffer for us.
Our Lady also suffered. Seven swords pierced her heart.
We Must Not Let Our Suffering Go to Waste
Also, we are able to “offer up our suffering for the good of our souls and for others, including those in purgatory.
It is possible to “waste” our suffering if we complain. If we’re going to suffer anyway, we might as well put it to good use.
May these Saints Quotes enrich your understanding of suffering.
Saints Quotes on Suffering
“I do not desire to die soon, because in Heaven there is no suffering. I desire to live a long time because I yearn to suffer much for the love of my Spouse.”St. Mary Magdalene de Pazzi
“O Mother, it’s very easy to write beautiful things about suffering, but writing is nothing, nothing! One must suffer in order to know! I really feel now that what I’ve said and written is true about everything….It’s true that I wanted to suffer much for God’s sake, and it’s true that I still desire this.”St Therese de Lisieux
Venerable Fulton J. Sheen
“Sometimes the only way the good Lord can get into some hearts is to break them.”
“I want your soul to be purified and tried by a daily hidden martyrdom. How many times,” Jesus said to me a little while ago, “would you have abandoned me, my son, if I had not crucified you.”
St Francis de Sales
“All the science of the Saints is included in these two things: To do, and to suffer. And whoever had done these two things best, has made himself most saintly. “
“God had one son on earth without sin, but never one without suffering.”St Augustine of Hippo
St Ignatius of Loyola
“There is no better wood for feeding the fire of God’s love than the wood of the Cross.”
“If we only knew the precious treasure hidden in infirmities, we would receive them with the same joy with which we receive the greatest benefits, and we would bear them without ever complaining or showing signs of wearinessSt Vincent de Paul
“If only mortals would learn how great it is to possess divine grace, how beautiful, how noble, how precious. How many riches it hides within itself, how many joys and delights! No one would complain about his cross or about troubles that may happen to him, if he would come to know the scales on which they are weighed when they are distributed to men.”St Rose of Lima
” Love consists not in feeling great things but in having great detachment and in suffering for the Beloved.”St John of the Cross
Books on Suffering
- Abandonment to Divine Providence
- Consoling Thoughts on Trials of an Interior Life by St Francis de Sales
- Consoling Thoughts on Sickness & Death by St Francis de Sales
- Joy in Suffering
- Trustful Surrender to Divine Providence: The Secret of Peace and Happiness
- The Life of St Gemma Galgani
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This article was originally posted in 2019.