Suffering strengthens us, humbles us, and forges us into saints.
But how can this be so? How can a God of love value our suffering? After all, suffering exists because of sin. Suffering entered the world through the disobedience of our first parents. So, clearly, God never intended for us to suffer. Even while on earth, Jesus worked miracles of healing for countless people, curing blindness, leprosy, deformities, and disease. It is clear Our Lord wants us to be happy and healthy, not to suffer. But it is when we offer our suffering—the one thing most disagreeable to our human nature—back to the Creator, it becomes a gift of inestimable value; drawing down from heaven more grace than any other action we can possibly make.
Perhaps the question above could be addressed another way, that is to say; “We love only to the degree that we are willing to suffer.” (Fr. John Hardon, S.J.)”