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Expectations of Pleasure and a Willingness to Suffer

Christ’s whole life was a cross and martyrdom; and do you expect pleasure and enjoyment for yourself?

The higher persons advance in the way of perfection, the heavier will they often find crosses to be. This is because the more their love of God grows, the more painful is their exile from God.

However, though such persons are afflicted in many ways, they do not lack entirely the relief of consolations; for they are aware of the great reward they reap by bearing their cross. And when they willingly submit themselves to it, their burden of suffering is turned into confidence that they will receive consolation from God.

All human beings commend patience, but how few there are who desire to suffer! You should be willing to suffer a little for Christ, since many suffer far greater things for the world.

The Imitation of Christ by Thomas A Kempis, from Book 2, Chapter 12: On the Royal Road of the Cross

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