If any one, O Lord, does Thee a service, Thou repayest him by some trial. Oh, what an inestimable reward is this for those who truly love Thee, if it might be given them to know its value! -St. Teresa
The Lord appeared one day to St. Teresa, and addressed her thus: “Know that those souls are most pleasing to My Heavenly Father, that are tried by the very greatest afflictions and sufferings!” From that time, the Saint conceived such a love for suffering, that she found no consolation but in bearing it; and when she was without any trouble, she was disquieted, and even said that she would not have exchanged her trials for all the treasures in the world.
A holy old man, who was very often sick, was much grieved at passing a whole year without an illness, saying that God must have abandoned him, as He had ceased to visit him.
Sts. Francis and Andrew Avellino entertained the same sentiments. They thought on any day when they suffered nothing for the love of God, that He had forgotten and abandoned them.
Text from A Year With the Saints (New York: P.J. Kenedy & Sons, 1891).