“In the Saints we see the victory of love over selfishness and death: we see that following Christ leads to life, eternal life, and gives meaning to the present, every moment that passes, because it fills it with love and hope.” – Pope Benedict XVI, All Saints Day Address 2012
This message bears much significance in the life of one who suffers, for it is through suffering and loss that your soul is transformed. Suffering becomes a gold mine of heavenly treasure for yourself and heavenly gifts for someone else when endured with patience and cheerfulness.
Every setback you face, every unkind word you receive, every deception you become aware of, everything you love but go without… these become little victories over selfishness and death when you persevere with love.
If we only knew how many opportunities we have during the course of our lives to gain graces and win souls for Christ, we would not regret suffering, but embrace it. Your account in heaven will never go bankrupt. It will never disappear because the market plummeted. The reward for following in Christ’s footsteps as He carried His cross with love is eternal.
But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal (Matthew 6:20).