Dear brothers and sisters, I pray God may open your eyes and let you see what hidden treasures He bestows on us in the trials from which the world thinks only to flee.
Shame turns into honor when we seek God’s glory.
Present affliction become the source of heavenly glory.
To those who suffer wounds in fighting His battles, God opens His arms in loving, tender friendship.
That is why He (Christ) tells us, that if we want to join Him, we shall travel the way He took.
It is surely not right that the Son of God should go His way on the path of shame, while the sons of men walk the way of worldly honor: “The disciple is not above his teacher,
nor the servant greater than his master.”
–St, John of Avila