Christine Watkins, author of Full of Grace: Miraculous Stories of Healing and Conversion Through Mary's Intercession, has written a very insightful piece on The Lost Art of Suffering.
It is a guarantee in this world that we are all going to suffer. Whether it be physical, emotional, or spiritual, we are going to experience some pain. Most of the world seeks to escape that, and understandably so. Given the choice between suffering and not suffering, most of us are going to choose the less painful route. Yet, we can't escape it. When we are going through it, it is easy to despair. Watkins offers several reasons why we shouldn't and instead embrace the suffering that comes our way.