St.Catherine of Siena
Doctor of the Church 1347-1380
I have shown you, dearest daughter,
that in this life guilt is not atoned for
by any suffering simply as suffering,
but rather by suffering borne with desire,
love, and contrition of heart.
The value is not in the suffering
but in the soul's desire. Likewise, neither desire nor any other virtue has
the value or life except through my
only-begotten Son, Christ crucified,
since the soul has drawn love from him
and in virtue follows his footsteps.
In this way and in no other
is suffering of value.
The Dialogue, page 29