"Take advantage of little sufferings even more than of great ones. God considers not so much what we suffer as how we suffer. . . Turn everything to profit as the grocer does in his shop." (St. Louis de Montfort) God does not will suffering in our life. He permits suffering, which is a consequence of Originalsin. We should never ask to suffer, for it is already a part of our journey. But what matters is what do we do with those sufferings when they come. Yes, we can take medicine to alleviate the pain. But while we
wait, do we unite it to the sufferings of Jesus in reparation of our sins and the sins of the world? Do we bring our suffering into prayer? Can the way we embrace our sufferings be a witness to others, like St John Paul II? Suffering can be a stumbling block or a stepping stone on our journey to holiness.