If you see that you have not yet suffered tribulations, consider it certain that you have not begun to be a true servant of God; for the Apostle says plainly that all who choose to live piously in Christ, shall suffer persecutions. -St. Augustine
St. Athanasius, St, Basil, St. John Chrysostom, St. Jerome, and St. Cyril were all charged with a thousand crimes, and in that way were greatly afflicted.
By working out our salvation through sufferings, the Son of God has wished to teach us that there is nothing in us so fitted to glorify God and to sanctify our souls as suffering. -St. Teresa
The way is narrow. Whoever expects to walk in it with ease, must go detached from all things, leaning on the staff of the cross; that is, firmly resolving to be willing to suffer in all things for love of God. -St. John of the Cross
Text from A Year With the Saints (New York: P.J. Kenedy & Sons, 1891).