Oh, what can I say of the precious and divine treasure that our great God has hidden in suffering?
But this is a great secret, known only to she who loves; and I, who have had no experience of it, but be content to admire it from afar.
Happy the heart that keeps itself on the cross, in the arms of the Well-Beloved, and that burns only with divine love!
Happier the one that suffers without joy, and is thus transformed into Christ!
Happy she who suffers without being attached to her suffering, desiring only to die to herself, in order to love yet more Him Who inflicts the wound of love!
"Flowers of the Passion"
St. Paul of the Cross