The scripture reading from today’s Morning Prayer:

We should be grateful to the Lord our God, for putting us to the test, as He did our forefathers. … Not for vengeance did the Lord put them in the crucible to try their hearts, nor has He done so with us. It is by way of admonition that He chastises those who are close to Him.

~ Judith 8:25-27

I find this passage very comforting… and I have found it to be quite true in my life.  Sooner or later, in one way or another, suffering always draws me closer to God, and into a better, more abundant life.

(Note: For those who are not familiar with the book of Judith, it is one of the books of the deuterocanonicals (or apocrypha) that Catholics accept as holy scripture.)