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10 Saints Quotes on Suffering To Help You Deal

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saints quotes on suffering

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

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

saints quotes on suffering

“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

saints quotes on suffering

“Sometimes the only way the good Lord can get into some hearts is to break them.”

Venerable Fulton J. Sheen

saints quotes on suffering

“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.”

saints quotes on suffering

“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. “

St Francis de Sales

saints quotes on suffering

“God had one son on earth without sin, but never one without suffering.”

St Augustine of Hippo

saints quotes on suffering

“There is no better wood for feeding the fire of God’s love than the wood of the Cross.”

St Ignatius of Loyola

saints quotes on suffering

“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 weariness

St Vincent de Paul
saints quotes on suffering

“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

saints quotes on suffering

” Love consists not in feeling great things but in having great detachment and in suffering for the Beloved.”

St John of the Cross

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This article was originally posted in 2019.

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    1. One cannot earn your way to heaven. It is a gift given by the grace of God. See Ephesians 2.8. One is born again by the Spirit and is baptized into the body of Christ. (John 3) A gift! Praise God!

  1. Suffering really purifies is. And we become dear to God. Once we faithfully pass through a suffering we will experience God’s love more and more. Great experience

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