July 13th is the feast day of the first American canonized saint, St. Frances Xavier Cabrini. Here she counsels us on Christian suffering:
He will always be with us in our trials, walking with us and sustaining us. He himself promised us, calling us to follow him closely, and his Word will never fail. Sometimes, we may have to suffer along the way that leads to the holy mountain of perfection, but we will not be discouraged, because whoever ignores the purpose of Christian suffering does not recognize of know what is great and wonderful in her days. The science of suffering is the science of the saints.